Warning over potential impact of Covid-19 outbreak at ‘home of paracetamol’ in county Waterford
By JORDAN NORRIS
Warnings have been made over potential global shortages of paracetamol in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak in Dungarvan.
One of the biggest employers at the count Waterford seaside town, often referred to as the ‘home of Panadol’, is the multinational giant GlaxoSmithKline factory, which employs in excess of 4,000 people in the area.
The industrial estate at Clogherane is also home to Microbrush, Eurofins, Sodexo and other scientific facilities.
The team at Clogherane produce some 15% of the world’s paracetamol. More than 6.5 billion tablets are produced at the factory every year.
Supplies of the substance will be critical in coming weeks and months as medical professionals combat the virus and seek to keep people from becoming immunocompromised.
Local councillor Conor D McGuinness (pictured below), Sinn Féin’s leader on the local authority, noted the potential for catastrophe in light of the Covid-19 emergency.
He pleaded with the people of the town to exert caution, adding: “The health and well-being of our towns people is of strategic importance not only locally but nationally and internationally. An outbreak in Dungarvan would quickly impact production given the proportion of our population that work in GSK.”
“This is just another of many reasons to be responsible and take sensible precautions.”
There have been no reported cases of the virus at the factory to date.