May 22, 2022

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Doctors say new antiviral pills could transform North Korea’s COVID response

DPRK could cheaply buy or even manufacture the promising medications, but distribution may still pose problems

The prospects for a return to pre-pandemic normalcy in North Korea have grown increasingly dim in recent weeks, as the country has continued to impugn vaccines and belabor its virus restrictions in the face of the global spread of the Omicron variant.

Yet some experts are optimistic that new antiviral pills for COVID-19 could turn back the tide of the pandemic — and even stir vaccine skeptics in Pyongyang to take a new approach to combating the virus.