The UN Warns

The United Nations is warning against unscrupulous persons trafficking substandard and faulty merchandise in light of COVID-19.

Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Ghada Waly, says health and lives are at risk with criminals exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to cash in on public anxiety and increased demand for personal protective equipment and medications.  

The new UN research, published Wednesday, reveals that criminal gangs are exploiting the uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus and inconsistencies in national regulation regimens.

According to the organization’s research findings, a lax in the legal and regulatory framework, in many instances, inadvertently facilitate the manufacturing and selling of substandard products.

This comes against the backdrop of increasing demand for medical products to combat the coronavirus.

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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