North Korea to get 1.7m doses of coronavirus vaccines through Covax

SEOUL (March 3): North Korea is expected to be supplied with around 1.7 million doses of vaccines against COVID-19 by May through a global vaccine distribution program.

According to a vaccine allocation plan unveiled by the COVAX Facility, a total of 1.704 million doses of the AZ-Oxford vaccines manufactured by AstraZeneca will be provided to North Korea from February to May.

The amount will be enough to inoculate around 852,000 people given that a person should be shot twice, Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday.

The COVAX Facility is a World Health Organisation-led multilateral platform aimed at securing equitable vaccine availability. North Korea is among the 92 underdeveloped countries subject to the COVAX vaccine provision plan funded by developed nations.

It added that North Korea has claimed to be coronavirus-free but has taken relatively swift and tough measures against the global pandemic such as strict border controls.

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