North Korea has yet to begin coronavirus vaccinations as delays hamper U.N.-backed rollout

North Korea has yet to begin coronavirus vaccinations as delays hamper U.N.-backed rollout

Lee said North Korea rejected British-Swedish AstraZeneca vaccines because of concerns over rare side effects. He added that the Chinese and Russian vaccines are now on North Korea’s radar, and that the regime has expressed interest in accepting vaccines from Moscow if the Russians would provide the doses at no charge.

North Korean state media have warned of a lengthy battle with coronavirus and said that vaccines are “never a universal panacea.”