February 25, 2024

No vaccinations in North Korea raises risk of rapid COVID-19 spread: WHO

World Health Organization says it has yet to receive any official word from Pyongyang after first known COVID outbreak

The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed “concern” over the COVID-19 situation in North Korea, as the omicron variant appears to have affected nearly 1.5 million people in the country since late April.

“With the country yet to initiate COVID-19 vaccination, there is risk that the virus may spread rapidly among the masses unless curtailed with immediate and appropriate measures,” WHO regional director Khetrapal Singh said in a press release Monday.