It is known that North Korea has recently introduced a new coronavirus infection (Corona 19) vaccine. However, it is a message that it has obtained research samples for self-development, not for administering the vaccine to residents.
According to a high-ranking Daily NK source on the 6th, North Korean authorities have recently brought in Corona 19 vaccines produced in China and Russia, and are currently working to analyze vaccine samples obtained from vaccine research institutes such as the Kim Il-Sung University Biological Research Institute and create a counterfeit. have.
It is not known exactly how much vaccine North Korea obtained from which manufacturer, but the source explained that a small amount of the vaccine was brought along with the sample as much as the vaccine was imported for research purposes.
Earlier, Russian Sputnik V vaccine was supplied to North Korea on a small scale, and some Russian media reported that it was intended to verify the vaccine. However, the Russian embassy in North Korea refuted that “the borders of North Korea are still closed, so Russian-made medicines, including the Sputnik V vaccine, have not been supplied to North Korea.”
From this point of view, it is observed that the vaccines made in China and Russia, which North Korea is currently using for research purposes, were not imported after obtaining official approval between countries, but were obtained through a third channel.
In the meantime, the North Korean authorities have continuously attempted to steal vaccine information from vaccine-developing pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer by newly establishing 325 stations under the General Reconnaissance Administration to develop a corona vaccine on their own.
It is also known that professional hackers were sent directly to the vaccine development laboratory so that researchers could immediately analyze the stolen information. (▶ Go to related article: “North Korea hacks’Pfizer’ to steal corona vaccine information”)
North Korea claims that it has secured all the technologies for vaccine manufacturing, but has not been able to do proper research due to lack of capacity.
Therefore, internal North Korean officials are also raising questions about the reliability of their own vaccine research.
Nevertheless, it is known that Chairman Kim Jong-un is constantly emphasizing the importance of developing its own vaccine, such as receiving reports on the situation related to vaccine development from time to time.
Meanwhile, it is reported that North Korean officials or residents in the border region who are bright with outside news are aware of the availability and vaccination of the corona vaccine in other countries.
According to sources, some residents of Pyongyang and the border are also aware that countries like New Zealand and Israel have regained their pre-coronavirus life, including living without their masks.
On the other hand, North Korea was scheduled to receive vaccines between February and May through the international project’COVAX facility’, which is a joint vaccine purchase, but the supply is being delayed.
According to Free Asia Broadcasting (RFA), a spokesman for the World Association of Vaccines and Immunities (GAVI, Gabi) said on the 5th that “it depends on the situation, but it is expected to take place in the second half of this year.”
As the introduction of the vaccine was delayed more than expected, the North Korean authorities continue to propagate that the vaccine is not an all-round solution, even though they have begun internal preparations for the introduction of the vaccine.
The criticism of the vaccine universal theory by the North Korean authorities is interpreted for the purpose of blocking the public anxiety and distrust of the authorities’ quarantine policy in a situation where the vaccine supply is being delayed.
Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.
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