A global shortage of condoms is looming, the world's biggest producer said, after a coronavirus lockdown forced it to shut down production.
That's already a shortfall of 100 million condoms, normally marketed internationally by brands such as Durex, supplied to state healthcare systems such as Britain's NHS or distributed by aid programmes such as the UN Population Fund.The company 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," Chief Executive Goh Miah Kiat told Reuters."We are going to see a global shortage of condoms everywhere, which is going to be scary,” he said."My concern is that for a lot of humanitarian programmes deep down in Africa, the shortage will not just be two weeks or a month. That shortage can run into months."
READ: Saint Laurent unveils its latest sheath... a condomMalaysia is Southeast Asia's worst affected country, with 2,161 coronavirus infections and 26 deaths. The lockdown is due to remain in place at least until April 14.The other major condom-producing countries are China, where the coronavirus originated and led to widespread factory shutdowns, and India and Thailand, which are seeing infections spiking only now.
Makers of other critical items like medical gloves have also faced hiccups in their operations in Malaysia.In emailed comments, a spokesman for Durex said operations are continuing as normal and the company was not experiencing any supply shortages."For our consumers, many of whom will be unable to access shops, our Durex online stores remain open for business."
"The good thing is that the demand for condoms is still very strong because like it or not, it’s still an essential to have," Goh said."Given that at this point in time people are probably not planning to have children. It’s not the time, with so much uncertainty."Read more: eNCA »
Comdom factories should be an essential service. Don’t forget about the high HIV in RSA Baby boom after lockdown 😱 Bathong so we gonna make babes all the way It'll be tough... corrona brought new things... we can just say the devil is incontrol...!!! Come 2021 will be having babies with such names. Covid Thomas , Ashton Sanitizer, Quarantine Michael, Lockdown James.
Its Apocalypse so what's the use. Well, glad to see orphaning won't be solved by this epidemic Another threat My God This is the End, lot of transmitted diseases, population will rise so fast. It gets scarier everyday. Dear lord Skoon loading... 😂 Shit is real Let's just do flash by flash klaar🤷♂️ Millennials will create the New Boomer Generation
so HIV prevention is not essential enough? Why stopped producing Raw sex to be implemented 😋😋 Thank you corona ☝😂😋😋 yes wena Rona Makes sense, folks are indoor with their parents, only married people are fucking... Hheyakeh bayenza njani ke lonto, szomitha phela MphoMramakatsa This will lead to another pandemic
they stopped because they not essential or what? 🤔 I am sensing an increase in the world population and more babies with this quarantine no one is pulling out💭 Names like Corona Dickson are coming to play now Probably going to manufacture nappies. Now that is forward thinking ! The number of people Covid-19 have claimed n will, make sense
Surely if dont trust shaking your hand why would I want to be in your genitalia..? R. A. W. Why are they now gonna manufacture masks? Kwadula WhoIsBoka The rona.... Kuzoba munandi.. Thanks God they took a brave decision as many people lost their lives we have to produce more people to replace those who passed away 😭😭😭
भनेसी अबो बजार मा मास्क सगै condom नि shortage हुने पर्यो Yeah neh 🙆 Basically bathi: Now they really want us to have babies on babies and hiv/aids on top of stds's and the bonus ke corona...all in 1 body!! Corona babies on the way.... 🤣 🤣 Who took such a huge decision? Marie stopes nurses... Oh no. Not more kids in this World
BABY Boom We in the dwappps 😪😪😪😪 Inyama enyameni one time ayikho enye vele manje. Now man will continues to produce....🤔 From Aids to corona then back to Aids and over population,we can never have a rest on this planet,I'm off to Mars Welcome kids😂😂😂 Why? Aowa So that we can inrease the population.😐
I saw a image of a guy stockpiling condoms in the USA long before this hit the news, now they stockpiling Guns what do they know that we don't? I foresee long queues for condoms like alcohol and food. 😏 It should be stopped in highly hit nation's to restore population....not everywhere I thought this was hearsay is it real
Ahhhhh boNyyeeeee ke bao 🤰🤱 I won't stop, I'll rather use plastic ya borotho than to stop. Nama nameni once! SizoHaver kanjani?😩 chatlas Kwashuba😉😉 Idea: Baby Boomers, Millenniums and now Coronians I knew that this corona thing will affect our sexual lives. thats not a problem kuma2000 ..abazisebenzisi vele
Wooow i smell more babies in Dec/Jan lol they even stop production and winter is knocking 🤒 I hope they made the right choice. Because at one side, ppl are thinking that all these deaths will see a rebound by next year with tremendous birth rate. Why? -We are at home and 'lonely'. Second, if no condoms mean more HIVs, we are already dead meat.😳 (For real!)
Mhhh....Mathata fela Condom Factories should be declared essential services world wide. Need I explain what is going to happen in December 2020. This is no joke!! covid19 COVID19 covid19SA coronavirussouthafrica So now we gonna have another virus spreaded , couried, transmitted, Another call for Sexual distancing 🙄
Good move, cz we need to plant more babies to replace those who are gone with covid19 I forsee plenty of Corona babies. But why? But why💁♂️ Sex is a luxury. Why would they possibly do so Reducing the impact of the global crisis?😫😫😫 What? Mmmmmhhhh! southafricansaganstcoronavirus🇿🇦 africansagainstvovid19 southafricansagainstcovid19
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