Worried about Side Effects, North Korea Refuses AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Vaccine Assistance

Suara.com – North Korea has refused assistance for AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, which will be provided through the Covax program because of concerns about side effects.

Adapt Asia One Saturday (10/7/2021) the report was disclosed by the Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS), on Friday (9/7).

According to the INSS report, which is affiliated with South Korea’s spy agency, Pyongyang is now looking at other vaccine options.

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, one of the organizations leading Covax, has not commented on the denial.

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The INSS also reported that North Korea was not interested in a Chinese-made vaccine because it was concerned that it would not be very effective.

On the other hand, INSS continued, North Korea actually showed interest in the Covid-19 vaccine made in Russia.

“It’s leaning towards a Russian vaccine, but no agreement has been made yet,” Lee Sang-keun, director of strategic research for INSS on the Korean peninsula, told Reuters, citing unnamed sources.

On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow had offered the vaccine to Pyongyang.

Lee added that North Korean authorities were concerned about the AstraZeneca vaccine after reports of blood clots.

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The INSS also reported that North Korea allowed its diplomats who were abroad to receive Covid-19 injections starting in late March.

Covax said it would deliver nearly two million doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine to North Korea. The first batch was expected to be delivered at the end of May but was postponed due to protracted consultations.

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