UN REPORT: COVID-19-RELATED TRAFFICKING OF MEDICAL PRODUCTS AS A THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH

A Research Brief from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime says that the emergence of trafficking in PPE signals a significant shift in organised criminal group behaviour that is directly attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that criminal behaviour will shift from trafficking in PPE to the development and delivery of a COVID-19 vaccine.  It also says that weak regulatory and legal frameworks to the prevention of the manufacturing and trafficking of substandard and falsified products and cyber security shortcomings, were evident before COVID-19, but the pandemic has exacerbated them and it will be difficult to make significant improvements in the immediate short term.  It concludes that that crime targeting COVID-19 medical products will become more focused with significantly greater risks to public health as the containment phase of the pandemic passes to the treatment and prevention stages.

UNODC

https://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/covid/COVID-19_research_brief_trafficking_medical_products.pdf

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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