January 05, 2021 12:57
North Korea has asked an international NGO for coronavirus vaccines, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
Pyongyang made the request to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which aims to give equal access to vaccines in poor countries in partnership with the World Health Organization and other bodies. It provides 92 low-income countries with donor-funded vaccines for free.
North Korea was one of 86 countries that had applied by last month. Once their application is accepted, they will be eligible for all kinds of support necessary for supply like cold chain storage.
The North has also tried to secure vaccines through Europe. "In recent weeks, North Korea has reached out to several European embassies inquiring how the country might obtain COVID-19 vaccines," the daily wrote.
Officially, North Korea has claimed zero coronavirus infections. According to WHO, North Korea had tested 11,707 people until Dec. 17 last year but none tested positive.
But according to curiously specific reports that seem to have leaked from high places, 4,275 showed coronavirus symptoms like respiratory distress and fever.
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