China gave Covid-19 vaccine to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, US analyst says
- A North Korea expert at a Washington think tank said Kim Jong-un, his family and several senior North Korean officials had been vaccinated
- It was unclear which company had supplied its drug to the Kims and whether it had proven to be safe, the expert said, citing Japanese intelligence sources
It was unclear which company had supplied its drug candidate to the Kims and whether it had proven to be safe, he added.
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“Kim Jong-un and multiple other high-ranking officials within the Kim family and leadership network have been vaccinated for coronavirus within the last two to three weeks thanks to a vaccine candidate supplied by the Chinese government,” Kazianis wrote in an article for online outlet 19FortyFive.
Citing US medical scientist Peter J. Hotez, he said at least three Chinese companies were developing a coronavirus vaccine, including Sinovac Biotech Ltd, CanSinoBio and Sinophram Group.
The NIS said last week it had foiled North Korea’s attempts to hack into South Korean Covid-19 vaccine makers.