Sky News is running an opinion piece from an unnamed veterinary professional, who warns the supply of veterinary medicines could be impacted as the coronavirus outbreak continues.
Despite the headline, coronavirus has not caused any issues with the supply of veterinary medicines and there are well-established procedures in place with the pharmaceutical industry to monitor their levels to ensure this remains the case.
The Government is doing all it can to support the industry – with contingency measures in place including the import of medicines if needed.
We want to also thank those vets who have responded to the RCVS request to provide ventilators in the fight against coronavirus.
A Defra spokesperson said:
“We would like to thank all of the veterinary professionals working hard to protect the welfare of the nation’s much-loved pets during this difficult period.
“Coronavirus has not caused any issues with the supply of veterinary medicines. However, we have well-established procedures with the pharmaceutical industry to monitor and maintain veterinary medicine supplies we need.”
Vets are not included in the list of businesses that must close given the crucial role they play in maintaining the supply of safe food for us to eat.