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Lives at risk as trafficking in faulty masks, other gear surges: UN

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Lives at risk as trafficking in faulty masks, other gear surges: UN

Lives at risk as trafficking in faulty masks, other gear surges: UNLives are at risk as the new coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in the trafficking of substandard masks, sanitisers and other medical products, the UN warned Wednesday. Organised criminal groups — exploiting fears and uncertainties surrounding the virus — are providing such products to cater to a sudden surge in demand and the supply gap, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a report. UNODC said it expected criminals to shift their focus to vaccine-related trafficking once one was developed.