Well, 2020 is refusing to go out without a bang.
An “unexplained” explosion just destroyed the world’s second largest hydroxychloroquine raw material factory.
The materials from this factory are necessary to make HCQ… and now, the factory has been completely destroyed.
This news comes just days after the COVID-19 vaccine has been slowly distributed across the country.
HCQ was under controversy earlier in the year when President Trump praised its suspected benefits.
Many doctors and researchers have even gone on the record to defend HCQ.
However, there appeared to be a concerted effort to diminish HCQ’s effectiveness.
And now, an unexplained explosion has destroyed a factory that is ESSENTIAL to creating hydroxychloroquine.
What are the odds of this?
There are no public reports of any prior incidents or safety issues at the factory.
This “unexplained” explosion has caught everyone off guard.
Of course, the mainstream media is refusing to cover the story.
Fortunately, the folks at the American Thinker have some interesting thoughts:
Prepare for supplies to tighten for the cheap, effective therapeutic treatment for early stage Covid-19 infection, hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). Just as the medical establishment in the US is relaxing its absurd and lethal suppression of the cheap, generic drug, following President Trump’s endorsement of it early in the pandemic, HCQ’s continued availability may suffer. The world’s second largest pharmaceutical facility producing the precursors for HCQ has been destroyed by an explosion and fire.
A subsequent report indicates that one of the injured workers, a Filipino guest worker who suffered third degree burns over 90% of his body, has died. The explosion broke out around noon and set off subsequent explosions in volatile substances nearby.
The Taipei Times reports that company spokesmen state, “… it would take at least six months to rebuild the plant, as most production lines were damaged by the fire….”
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Given the explosive character of some of the ingredients, there may well be a perfectly innocent explanation for the fire. But a six-month delay in resuming production may delay HCQ supplies to early stage Covid-19 patients, who could otherwise treat their affliction with it, combined with zinc and an antibiotic like azithromycin.
I’ve been to Taoyuan and visited industrial facilities there. It is very close to Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, the major international airport serving Taipei and Taiwan, and also to Hsinchu Science Park, a high-tech mecca, housing over 400 companies. This area is highly sophisticated and prosperous, and has a bullet train station connecting it to central Taipei in about half an hour’s travel time. It is not at all some third world backwater; quite the contrary.
Since the COVID-19 vaccine is in short supply, demand for HCQ was expected by some people to increase.
Now, it appears that the ability to produce HCQ will be SEVERELY hampered due to this unexplainable explosion.
Though our media is refusing to cover the story, media in Taiwan is giving this massive press coverage.
According to Taiwan English News:
An explosion at a pharmaceutical factory in Taoyuan City left two injured and caused a fire early this afternoon, December 20.
People as far as Tamsui District in New Taipei City reported hearing the massive blast shortly after noon. Immediately after the blast, thick black smoke could be seen pouring out of the SCI Pharmtech factory.
Firefighters responding to the fire found two people injured. A 30-year-old foreign migrant worker suffered third-degree burns to 80%-90% of his body, and is described as being in a critical condition.
A 40-year-old man suffered a burn to one hand. Both men were sent to Chang Gung Memorial Hospital for treatment.
While the factory is located close to Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, operations at the airport were not affected, according to reports in United Daily News and ET Today.
The Taoyuan City Fire Department dispatched 76 personnel, 28 fire appliances and 2 ambulances to the scene of the fire.
The cause of the explosion is currently under investigation.
Liberty Times reported that the factory produces hydroxychloroquine APIs, and is the world’s second largest HCQ raw material supplier.