North Korea rejects nearly 3 million Covid-19 shots: In July, a South Korean think tank claimed that North Korea had also rejected the shipment of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine due to security concerns.
North Korea has rejected an estimated 3 million Chinese vaccines against the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine, reports quoted Unicef as saying. The secret government, which has never reported a single Covid-19 case, has suggested that the vaccine should be given to the most affected countries, according to the UN agency responsible for providing Covid-19 vaccines to low-income countries under the COVAX scheme.
North Korea is the first country to impose strict national legislation and close its borders in January last year to curb the spread of coronavirus from neighboring China where the virus first appeared. Although the single state has not officially reported any Covid-19 case to the World Health Organization (WHO), analysts are skeptical.
The North Korean Ministry of Health “has indicated that 2.97 million doses of Sinovac given to DPR in Korea by Covax could be transferred to countries most affected by the low availability of Covid-19 vaccines and the repeated increase in other countries,” an AFP spokesman said. -Unicef as he says.
The Department of Public Health will continue to liaise with the COVAX facility for treatment in the coming months, agents quoted a Unicef spokesman as saying.
In July, a South Korean think tank claimed Pyongyang had also rejected the shipment of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for safety reasons. Several Western countries had temporarily suspended the introduction of the AstraZeneca vaccine after reports of blood transfusions were reported. But most of them have restarted their immunization campaign after the WHO and the European medical agency insisted that the benefits outweigh the risks.
The Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS), working with the South Korean spy agency, said in its report that Pyongyang was also unwilling to give China security measures due to concerns about its operation.