With corona forcing most industries to shut down, condoms are a big shortage said an article from Reuters. Karex Bhd, a Malaysian condom manufacturing company hasn’t operated from past 10 days. Not a single condom is manufactured from its 3 factories in these days said a worker. Marketed globally in various names like Durex, the company sources say the back log of production is a shortage of 100 million condoms.
People would definitely not want to have children during this time. And hence the need and demand for condom is still good in market. The company is the largest condom manufacturer of the world and supplies largely to UK and other African countries through government and other health related programs.
This deficit is expected to hit African countries for months as it is mainly encouraged there as part of preventive measures for various STDs through various humanitarian programs by organizations. Hence, the company has decided to request the government to allow it to function at least half of its capacity like other essential commodities. Condom is also a necessity in times like these isn’t it? asks the employee.
With over 26 deaths, Malaysia is South east Asia’s worst affected country by corona virus. With demand even in times like these, the overall condom manufacturing industry might just turn out to be an essential commodity. People staying at home for weeks and doing nothing, well consequences are expected.