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COVAX allocates additional Covid jabs to N.Korea

COVAX allocates 1.29 mln additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to N. Korea (YONHAP/IANS)

COVAX allocates 1.29 mln additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to N. Korea (YONHAP/IANS)

Seoul, Dec 24 (IANS) The COVAX Facility, a global vaccine distribution platform, has assigned 1.29 million doses of additional Covid-19 jabs to North Korea, a UN agency announced on Friday.


According to the Unicef's Covid-19 Vaccine Market Dashboard, the addition increases the number of vaccines allocated to North Korea to 8.12 million doses, reports Yonhap News Agency.

The number is up from the previously known 6.83 million, including 4.7 million doses of COVAX allocated to the North last month.

The type of the newly allocated vaccines was not immediately known, with COVAX having assigned AstraZeneca's vaccines for the North in its previous decisions.

The total amount is enough to inoculate around 16 percent of the North's population, though the doses have yet to be shipped to the reclusive country.

North Korea has imposed a strict border lockdown to stave off the virus since last year and claims to be coronavirus-free.

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