The North Korean authorities have harshly criticized the international community for seeing “over-sourcing” of vaccines, which has resulted in some countries having an “arsenal” of doses compared to the shortage of vials presented by other states.
In a statement to the UN, North Korea therefore called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote a “fair” distribution of vaccines around the world.
“Developing drugs and vaccines against the coronavirus could be the achievement of all humanity if it weren’t for an unjust reality where some countries are sourcing and sourcing more vaccines than they need (…) while other countries” can not even reaching a minimum “, the text picks up.
The authorities also accused the countries of acting with “selfishness” and “creating a bottleneck in the mass production of vaccines for their own benefit”. With this in mind, he called on the WHO to “make an effort to take the current situation into account” in order to “eliminate global inequality”.
North Korea should initially receive 1.7 million doses of the coronavirus through the COVAX mechanism by May. However, the program has announced a delay in the delivery of the vials manufactured by AstraZeneca.
While the country has insisted on being coronavirus-free, authorities have taken relatively tough measures to contain the pandemic, such as closing borders, which went into effect earlier this year.