Fears of a global condom shortage are growing after the world's largest producer was forced to shut all of its factories due to coronavirus.
Malaysia's Karex Bhd makes one in every five condoms produced worldwide.
But after a full lockdown was imposed in Malaysia 10 days ago due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the firm hasn't made a single condom.
That already leaves a shortfall of 100 million condoms.
The condoms are normally marketed internationally by such major brands as Durex, supplied to state healthcare systems such as the NHS, or distributed by aid programmes such as the UN Population Fund.
"We are going to see a global shortage of condoms everywhere, which is going to be scary," Karex chief executive Goh Miah Kiat 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 for months."
Malaysia is the worst affected country in Southeast Asia, with 2,161 confirmed coronavirus cases and 26 deaths.
The country of more than 31million people is set to remain on lockdown until at least April 14.
Other major condom-producing countries include China – where the coronavirus originated and led to widespread factory shutdowns – and India and Thailand.
This week, India went onto full lockdown, leaving 1.3billion people unable to leave their homes.
Malaysia is also home to factories which produce items critical to the fight against the virus, including latex gloves.
Goh said his firm was in the process of applying for an exemption to allow Karex to operate under specific conditions.
Malaysia is approving other producers of essential goods to continue to operate with half of their workforce.
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"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 went on.
"Given that at this point in time, people are probably not planning to have children.
"It's not the time, with so much uncertainty."
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