News 28 March 2020

There’s a global condom shortage

28 March 2020

Coronavirus has led to food shortages, low fuel prices and a shortage of hand sanitiser and toilet roll. Now experts are worried that there is a global shortage of condoms.

Karex Bhd are a Malaysian company that produce 20 per cent of the condoms used worldwide – including those sold by Durex.

Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, Karex Bhd has had to close down its factories and in the last week alone, the closure has led to a shortfall of 100 million condoms.

The company will return to work and continue production next week but they are struggling as the virus outbreak has meant that they will only have half of their usual workforce available.

The company’s chief executive said, “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 programmes, the shortage will not just be two weeks or a month. That shortage can run into months.”

He added, “The demand for condoms is still very strong because, like it or not, it’s still essential to have. Given that at this point in time people are probably not planning to have children. It’s not the time, with so much uncertainty.”

With stocks of Durex being threatened, perhaps now might be the time to invest in YSL’s designer condoms so you can have safe sex in style.