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North Korea paper says coronavirus vaccines 'far from a panacea' amid delay in securing supplies

[서울=아시아뉴스통신] 레악카나기자 송고시간 2021-05-05 03:00

The COVID-19 vaccine Beijing manufacturing plant of leading Chinese vaccine producer Sinovac (File photo by= Li Hao/GT)

[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] On Tuesday( April 4) North Korea's official newspaper urged people to prepare for a long fight against the coronavirus pandemic, saying that vaccines aren’t a cure-all solution, amid the country's apparent failure to secure supplies.

"The situations in many countries prove that vaccines are far from a panacea," Rodong Sinmun said. "Some vaccines, which had been considered highly effective, caused severe side effects, including even death, leading many countries to stop their use." It also warned that a person can be infected with the coronavirus even after getting vaccinated. The paper also encouraged people to tighten antivirus efforts, saying that the protracted coronavirus pandemic is an "inevitable reality." 

Last year, the North claimed that its researchers were conducting clinical trials to develop vaccines. North Korean media reports have yet to announce whether they succeeded. North Korea was also initially expected to be supplied with around 1.7 million doses of vaccines against COVID-19 by May through the COVAX Facility program. COVAX Facility, however, earlier announced a delay in providing the North with a total of 1.704 million vaccines manufactured by AstraZeneca. North Korea has claimed to be coronavirus-free but has taken relatively swift and tough measures against the global pandemic, such as imposing strict border controls since early last year.



 

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