June 20, 2021

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North Korea slams ‘vaccine nationalism’ at World Health Assembly in Geneva

In apparent reversal, DPRK now praising success of COVID-19 vaccine development

North Korea has been stuck waiting for 1.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines due to a “global supply shortage,” and now the country has taken aim at “vaccine nationalism.”

In statements submitted to the World Health Organization’s 74th World Health Assembly that wrapped up Tuesday, the DPRK praised the global scientific achievement of developing COVID-19 vaccines, but said “an unfair reality” was that “some countries are procuring and storing the vaccines more than its needs by inspiring the vaccine nationalism plainly when other countries can’t even procure it with their affordability.”