I think it is time to open our eyes and realise that unscrupulous businesses and entrepreneurs are making tonnes of money on the back of all the people involved in the fight against the novel coronavirus (which is more than half of the world’s population). How can it be that governments who are spraying money around like water to resolve this crisis are also allowing companies and businessmen to make a quick buck from the sale of masks and other supplies? Where is the control? The stakes are high and the profits are unimaginably high. Simple entry-level masks worth a few US cents each are sold by the million, if not billion, at hugely inflated prices of over 40 cents. Isn’t it time for governments to coordinate and regulate the market? Maximum price levels should be set and controlled, so goods flow properly to each client. This should be an easy task for a centrally led communist regime, as China says it is. An easy task as well for mediators and importing countries, whereby import duties should be scrapped and maximum prices set. Is it ethical and acceptable to make huge profits on basic medical supplies when over 3.7 million people are infected and more than 260,000 have already died? In my eyes, this is a shameful business. Robert J. Mik, Singapore Help us understand what you are interested in so that we can improve SCMP and provide a better experience for you. We would like to invite you to take this five-minute survey on how you engage with SCMP and the news.