Global Condom Shortage Anticipated After Coronavirus Shut Down Major Producers

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While the rest of the world is out there fighting coronavirus by staying at home and washing hands as many times as they can, others are making love around the clock that ould result in coronavirus babies. How so you may ask when adults always practice safe sex?

World’s largest condom producer has announced a looming global shortage of condoms after a coronavirus lockdown forced it to shut down production. According to Malaysia’s Karex Bhd which makes one in every five condoms globally, it has not produced any condom from its three Malaysian factories for more than a week due to a lockdown over coronavirus.

Marketed internationally in brands such as Durex, the producer has already fallen short of 100 million condoms supplied to state healthcare systems and aid programs. Although the producer was given permission to restart production on Friday, but with only 50% of its workforce, under a special exemption for critical industries.

“It will take time to jumpstart factories and we will struggle to keep up with demand at half capacity. We are going to see a global shortage of condoms everywhere, which is going to be scary. My concern is that for a lot of humanitarian programs deep down in Africa, the shortage will not just be two weeks or a month. That shortage can run into months,” said the Chief Executive of the company Goh Miah Kiat.

Apart from Malaysia, other major condom-producing countries including China, India and Thailand where coronavirus has been felt deeply led to a widespread factory shutdown. Malaysia sits south-east Asia’s worst-affected country, with 2,161 coronavirus infections and 26 deaths and the lockdown will last until 14 April.

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