North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during a meeting of the political bureau of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang on September 2, calling for tougher coronavirus prevention measures. Photo: Reuters North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during a meeting of the political bureau of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang on September 2, calling for tougher coronavirus prevention measures. Photo: Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during a meeting of the political bureau of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang on September 2, calling for tougher coronavirus prevention measures. Photo: Reuters

Coronavirus: why did North Korea turn down 3 million Sinovac vaccine doses?

  • North Korea claims to be Covid-free and requested that the shots from the Covax Facility be redirected to countries experiencing surges
  • Kim Jong-un touted ‘our style’ of pandemic control, and analysts say safety and efficacy fears, showing self-isolation works and ‘saving face’ could explain the move

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during a meeting of the political bureau of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang on September 2, calling for tougher coronavirus prevention measures. Photo: Reuters North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during a meeting of the political bureau of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang on September 2, calling for tougher coronavirus prevention measures. Photo: Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during a meeting of the political bureau of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang on September 2, calling for tougher coronavirus prevention measures. Photo: Reuters
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