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COVID second wave fears spur grocery stockpiling

By Aimee Picchi, Special to USA TODAY
Published 10:15 a.m. ET Oct. 12, 2020 | Updated 11:10 a.m. ET Oct. 12, 2020

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The coronavirus pandemic has caused toilet paper shortages and long lines, but panic buying is not a new phenomenon and it certainly isn’t helping.

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Leslyn Hall says she and her husband plan to stock up on groceries later this month. At the back of her mind are concerns about disruptions in supplies if there’s another COVID-19 surge, as well as potential unrest surrounding the Nov. 3 presidential election.

“We talked about doing a big shop like we’re going into quarantine,” says Hall, 53, of Burlington, Vermont. On the list: enough basics such as milk, beans and rice to last for two to three weeks.

Hall, a consultant, points out that her local grocery stores struggle to keep their shelves fully stocked and have shortages of 

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Brexit: Pharmaceutical companies stockpiling medicine for Northern Ireland

  • Pharmaceutical companies are stockpiling medicines due to ongoing uncertainty over what will happen in Northern Ireland after Brexit.
  • The UK government last month threatened to rip up its Brexit withdrawal agreement with the EU and has warned that no trade deal may be agreed with the EU by the end of the year.
  • As a result, the industry says they “just don’t know” whether there will need to be checks on medicine going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland from next year.
  • “We just don’t know how it’ll work in Northern Ireland,” the ABPI’s Richard Torbett told Business Insider.
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Pharmaceutical companies are building up stockpiles of medicines to supply Northern Ireland due to widespread industry uncertainty over whether medicines will be allowed to move smoothly across the Irish Sea after Brexit.

With less than three months until the Brexit transition period ends, the

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