North Korea to begin anti-covid vaccination drive in November, says Kim

Seoul, Sep 9 (EFE).- Kim Jong-un has said North Korea might begin Covi-19 vaccinations in November, the state-run media reported on Friday.

Addressing the North Korean National Assembly, Kim said the World Health Organization had warned that the upcoming winter could resurge the coronavirus infections in various countries.

“It is necessary to prepare for a dangerous cold that could spread the novel coronavirus this winter,” Kim said, as reported by the Rodong newspaper.

Pyongyang reported its first case of Covid-19 on May 12.

North Korea declared victory over Covid-19 last month and ended restrictions imposed by the regime in May.

However, health experts believe that the antibodies formed in North Koreans during the outbreak in May and June will drop around October.

“Along with vaccination, we recommend all residents must wear masks to protect their health from November,” Kim said.

It is for the first time that Kim and his regime have referred to vaccines.

The isolated country has reported no new coronavirus infections since early August.

Until Aug.3, the regime said some 4.7 million people (almost 20% of the population) suffered from the epidemic fever that claimed 70 lives.

North Korea has rejected offers of health aid, including vaccines, from the South and the United States.

But the global Vaccine Alliance suggests that the country may have accepted vaccines from China and has already begun to administer them. EFE


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