NOTNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered authorities to carry out a stricter epidemic prevention campaign in “our style” after refusing some foreign Covid-19 vaccines offered through the UN-backed vaccination program.
Speaking at a Politburo meeting on Thursday, Kim said officials should “keep in mind that strengthening epidemic prevention is a task of paramount importance that must not be relaxed even for a moment,” he said. the official Korean Central News Agency reported on Friday.
While stressing the need for material and technical means to prevent viruses and upgrade the skills of health workers, Kim also called for “further complementing our epidemic prevention system,” KCNA said.
On Tuesday, UNICEF, which buys and delivers vaccines on behalf of the COVAX distribution program, said North Korea proposed that its allocation of around 3 million Sinovac vaccines be sent to severely affected countries. North Korea was also due to receive photos from AstraZeneca via COVAX, but their delivery was delayed.
According to UNICEF, the North Korean Ministry of Health has always said it will continue to communicate with COVAX about future vaccines.
Some exports believe North Korea may want more vaccines, while questioning the efficacy of Sinovac and the rare blood clots seen in some AstraZeneca vaccine recipients.