• Monday, Nov 28, 2022
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

WHO working to get Covid19 medical supplies to North Korea

  • Published at 04:49 am October 7th, 2021
North Korean
File photo - A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014 Reuters

So far, North Korea has reported that 40,700 people have been tested for coronavirus and all tests have been negative

The World Health Organization is working to ship Covid-19 medical supplies into North Korea, a possible sign that the North is easing one of the world’s strictest pandemic border closures to receive outside help.

WHO said in a weekly monitoring report that it has started the shipment of essential Covid-19 medical supplies through the Chinese port of Dalian for “strategic stockpiling and further dispatch” to North Korea, reports UNB citing AP. 

WHO officials on Thursday did not immediately respond to requests for more details, including what those supplies were and whether they had yet reached North Korea.

Describing its anti-virus campaign as a matter of “national existence,” North Korea had severely restricted cross-border traffic and trade for the past two years despite the strain on its already crippled economy.

U human rights investigators in August asked the North’s government to clarify allegations that it ordered troops to shoot on sight any trespassers who cross its borders in violation of its pandemic closing.

While North Korea has yet to report a single case of Covid-19, outside experts widely doubt it escaped the illness that had touched nearly every other place in the world.

The North has told WHO it has tested 40,700 people for the coronavirus through September 23 and that all the tests were negative. Those tested in the last week included 94 people with influenza-like illnesses or other symptoms and 573 health care workers, according to the WHO report.

Also Read - North Korea slams UN over its meeting on missile test

The latest WHO report came weeks after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered officials to wage a tougher anti-virus campaign in “our style” after he turned down some foreign Covid-19 vaccines offered via a UN-backed immunization program.

Unicef, which procures and delivers vaccines on behalf of the Covax distribution program, said last month that North Korea proposed its allotment of about 3 million Sinovac shots be sent to severely affected countries instead. Unicef said the North Korean health ministry said it will continue to communicate with Covax over future vaccines.

Some analysts say the North is angling to receive more effective jabs amid questions about the Sinovac vaccine’s effectiveness and may also have issues with Covax involving legal responsibility and reporting requirements.

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail