North Korea to receive nearly 2M AstraZeneca vaccine doses in H1 -interim report

February 4, 2021 - 4:16 PM
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A vial and sryinge are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken January 11, 2021. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic/Illustration//File Photo)

North Korea is expected to receive nearly two million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine by the first half of this year, said agencies leading the COVAX vaccine-sharing program.

The COVAX Facility will distribute 1.992 million doses of the vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India, according to the COVAX interim distribution report on Wednesday.

COVAX, which secures vaccines for poor countries, is co-led by the GAVI alliance, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and the U.N. Children’s Fund.

North Korea has not reported a single case of COVID-19 till date, according to the WHO website.

—Reporting by Anirudh Saligrama and Rama Venkat in Bengaluru; Editing by Kim Coghill and Tom Hogue