Since the start of the corona pandemic, Thai companies have supplied millions of inferior and used medical gloves to customers in the United States.

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spent ten months of research in the US and Thailand, relying on import documents and discussions with US distributors of the gloves.

According to the medium, it is just "the tip of the iceberg".

Last year, the demand for medical gloves increased worldwide.

Most of these gloves are produced in Southeast Asia by specialized companies.

Those companies were unable to ramp up production fast enough due to lack of raw materials, and dozens of rogue entrepreneurs jumped into the gap, according to

CNN

.

Their companies sold lower quality gloves that are not suitable for medical use.

They also sold used gloves that had been washed and repackaged.

Images from the American channel show stacks of gloves with holes in them, bloodstains on them or that are discolored from washing.

Sometimes they were packed in boxes from renowned manufacturers.

One of the distributors

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spoke to warned US government officials in February and March that he had received substandard gloves from Thai company Paddy the Room.

Nevertheless, import documents show that this company has supplied millions of gloves to other buyers in the US until the summer.

According to the news channel, Paddy the Room has sold nearly 200 million pairs of gloves to US companies since 2020.

It is unknown how many of those gloves ended up being delivered to doctors and hospitals.

Complaints are also known about other suppliers from Thailand and Vietnam.

Meanwhile, the American and Thai police have started investigations into the practices, according to

CNN

.

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