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International COVAX program donates 3 million doses of Sinovac vaccine to North Korea

20.08.2021 89 просмотров

In May, North Korea was supposed to receive 1.7 million doses of coronavirus vaccines from the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca through COVAX, but the delivery was delayed.


The international mechanism for the distribution of vaccines against coronavirus COVAX allocated 2.97 million doses of an anti-covid drug from the Chinese company Sinovac to Pyongyang. This was reported on Thursday by the NK News Internet portal, citing Edwin Salvador, head of the World Health Organization in North Korea.

"If the country shows interest, WHO and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will will begin working on a proposal to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI)," the WHO spokesperson was quoted as saying. but the delivery was delayed. GAVI said that the reason for the disruption of the supply was problems with the "technical readiness" of the DPRK and "insufficient supply in the world."

The Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) announced a serious health incident in the country that could lead to a major security crisis for the republic and its people.

According to official data, not a single case of infection with a new coronavirus has been detected in the DPRK since the beginning of the pandemic. In January 2020, the people's republic introduced strict quarantine measures, completely closing the borders and isolating from the outside world.

COVAX is an international mechanism launched by the World Health Organization in conjunction with GAVI and the Coalition for Innovation in EP Preparedness. ideas (CEPI). It supports the creation of production facilities and purchases drugs for coronavirus. Under the terms of the program, high-income countries pay for the purchase of vaccines for less well-off countries. Plans call for 2 billion vaccine doses to be produced and evenly distributed around the world by the end of 2021 under the mechanism.

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