Friday, 17 September, 2021

North Korea rejects Chinese vaccines

North Korea rejects Chinese vaccines

Popular News

SEOUL: North Korea has rejected around three million doses of a Chinese Covid-19 vaccine, suggesting they should be given to countries in greater need, Unicef said on Thursday, reports AFP.

The impoverished North was the first country to impose a strict lockdown when it sealed its border in January last year to stop the virus spreading from neighbouring China, where it first emerged before sweeping the world.

Pyongyang insists it has yet to see any cases of the virus—a claim that analysts doubt—but it has paid a huge economic price for the blockade, with the regime admitting in June it was tackling a “food crisis”.

Regardless, the isolated country told UNICEF—which distributes vaccines under the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (Covax) programme for low-income countries—that the Chinese-made vaccines could be given to others, the UN agency said.