October 01, 2023

North Korea to start COVID vaccine campaign in fall: Kim Jong Un

Kim cites cold weather virus risks in speech, while also promising large economic growth by 2025 at assembly session

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article stated November as the start time for vaccines in North Korea. The text has been updated to reflect a more precise translation of the original Korean suggesting inoculation will begin at an unspecified time in fall 2022.

North Korea will begin distributing COVID-19 vaccines officially for the first time starting this fall amid concerns of decreasing immunity levels, the country’s leader Kim Jong Un said in a speech Thursday.