COVAX allocates 4.7 mil more Covid-19 vaccines to North Korea

COVAX allocates 4.7 mil more Covid-19 vaccines to North Korea
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SEOUL (Nov 30): The COVAX Facility, a global vaccine distribution platform, has assigned 4.7 million doses of additional Covid-19 vaccines to North Korea in its latest distribution plan, its report showed Tuesday (Nov 30).

According to the programme's 12th vaccine allocation decision, AstraZeneca's vaccines will be provided to North Korea, though Pyongyang remains unresponsive to the proposed vaccine assistance, Yonhap news agency reported.

When added to the two million doses of vaccines COVAX earlier allocated to North Korea, the amount is enough to inoculate around 13% of the country's total population, it added.

"As far as we know, COVAX and North Korea are continuing necessary consultations for the vaccine distribution, but they are yet to have a detailed plan or schedule for the provision," an official at Seoul's unification ministry said.

North Korea has imposed a strict border lockdown to stave off the virus since last year and claims to be coronavirus-free.