June 12, 2012 11:50
North Korea has asked an international organization for vaccines to treat North Korean children suffering from infectious diseases. South Korea's Unification Ministry said the Seoul-based International Vaccine Institute is waiting for its approval to deliver vaccines and other supplies to the North.
Local broadcaster KBS reported earlier that Christian Loucq, the institute's director-general, said Pyongyang requested the vaccine aid during his visit there a month ago.
Loucq added that about 12 out of every 100 North Korean children carry the hepatitis B virus, adding that there is an urgent need to develop both diagnostic and immunization systems in the North.
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