The stockpile is a way to address shortages of some medicines. Some of the ingredients will be stored for emergency use.
Stockpiling raw materials has presented a variety of challenges to supply chains, like available warehouse space and shelf life.
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China's 11 million metric ton stockpile of cotton is causing a fall in market prices.