Covid-19 Vaccine & North Korea
North Korea has requested the Covid-19 vaccine via application to GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance, "according to a person familiar with the matter", Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
GAVI-The Vaccine Alliance, shared over US$ 2 billion raised to support equitable access to COVID vaccines with additional US$ 5 billion needed in 2021. The European Commission, France, Spain, The Republic of Korea and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledge US$ 360 million to Gavi’s COVID-19 Vaccines Advance Market Commitment (COVAX AMC).
The Republic of Korea has earlier pledged US$ 10 million of new funding to the Gavi COVAX AMC GAVI discloses.
According to state news agency KCNA, Kim Jong Un says of the DPRK's response to the pandemic, "We have thoroughly prevented the inroad of the malignant virus and maintained a stable anti-epidemic situation despite the worldwide health crisis, which is a shining success achieved".
Numbers of those tested for Covid-19 in North Korea are unknown, but might be expected to be few and far between with having closed borders and little to no cross-border travel for about a year now, but should the virus take hold could be expected to have dire consequences due to weak healthcare infrastructure throughout the country.