April 21, 2021

North Korea to get 1.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine through May 2021

The amount is about 0.3 million fewer than the latest estimate made by a global vaccine initiative

North Korea is expected to receive 1.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine between February and May 2021, a U.N. affiliated vaccine alliance stated on Tuesday, a roughly 15% decrease from the previous estimate of committed aid.

COVAX, a joint initiative by vaccine alliance Gavi and the World Health Organization (WHO), said that it had allocated exactly 1,704,000 doses of AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine to North Korea. Given each citizen will receive two shots, the aid will be enough to vaccinate around 850,000 people – about 3.3% of the entire North Korean population.