A global condom shortage is becoming an increasing concern as some of the world’s largest production centers shut down for the foreseeable future. Karex Bhd, a condom producer in Malaysia that makes one out of every five condoms sold worldwide, hasn’t made a single condom in the past 10 days because of a mandatory government-imposed lock down.
Typically, Karex can make 100 million condoms in a 10-day period, and those condoms are then sold and distributed by well-known condom brands like Durex.
“We are going to see a global
shortage of condoms everywhere, which is going to be scary,” Karex Chief
Executive Goh Miah Kiat told Reuters. He said he foresees the shortage lasting
In addition to Malaysia, Thailand and India are home to most of the factories that produce condoms. As corona virus cases surge, shutdowns in these countries also contributes to condom shortage.