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  • 25 Mar 2020
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US Lifts Ban on Malaysian Medical Glove Maker WRP Amid Shortage

The United States has lifted a ban on a Malaysian medical glove maker it had accused of using forced labour, a government statement showed, amid a surge in demand for personal protective equipment to fight the coronavirus crisis. The ban placed on WRP in September "was revoked based on recent information obtained by CBP showing the company is no longer producing the rubber gloves under forced labor conditions," CBP said in the statement. WRP, which has the capacity to produce more than 11 billion gloves a year, could not immediately be contacted for comment. Malaysia is the world's biggest producer of medical gloves. The gloves are in huge demand because of the spread of the virus that has infected more than 377,000 people across 194 countries and territories as of early Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, with more than 16,500 deaths. The United States is the world's biggest consumer of medical gloves per person.

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