The mask delivery bug in pharmacies

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50% of pharmacies have not received the FFP2 masks promised by the state. Pointed to the finger, Geodis, who transported it, defends himself.

The professional union Uspo (Union of pharmacist unions) conducted an online survey to which 2,600 pharmacists responded.
The professional union Uspo (Union of pharmacist unions) conducted an online survey to which 2,600 pharmacists responded. Eric Gaillard / REUTERS

The state had promised it to pharmacists: between March 17 and 20, the 21,000 pharmacies in mainland France would each receive 500 surgical masks and fifty FFP2 masks. An operation urgently entrusted to the transporter Geodis, a subsidiary of the SNCF.

Upon arrival, a lot of bugs, to say the least. The Saint Exupéry pharmacies in La Teste (Gironde) and Taieb in Fontenay-sous-Bois (Val de Marne) have not received FFP2 masks. The La Fontaine pharmacies in Arnouville (Val d’Oise) and Lorraine at the Hospital (Moselle) were only entitled to a grant of fifty surgical masks …

Alerted, the professional union Uspo (Union of pharmacist unions) conducted an online survey to which 2,600 pharmacists responded. “As a result, 50% have not received any FFP2 masks at all and 10% have not been delivered or have had far less surgical masks than expected”, says its president, Gilles Bonnefond. It’s very annoying because these masks are intended for caregivers in town

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