September 27, 2023

UNICEF receives exemption to send ventilators, vaccine equipment to North Korea

Agency plans to ship items via Nampho-Dalian route, after it briefly opened for aid deliveries in fall

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received international sanctions exemptions to ship COVID-19 relief items to North Korea, a letter from the U.N. Security Council 1718 sanctions committee showed on Wednesday.

The items covered under sanctions exemptions are worth around $1.48 million and include various types of ventilators, masks as well as COVID-19 vaccine cold chain equipment, according to the U.N. — even though North Korea is one of only two countries that has not yet begun administering vaccines.