Health worker prepares dose of Sinova Covid-19 vaccine in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, August 25 | Photo: EFE / EPA / HOTLI SIMANJUNTAK

The North Korean dictatorship has refused 2.97 million doses of vaccine against Covid-19 produced by the Chinese laboratory Sinovac, as revealed Thursday to the Efe agency a spokesperson for UNICEF, responsible for distributing vaccine agents in the country, via the Covax mechanism. According to the source, the North Korean Ministry of Public Health said the vaccines proposed at the initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) “may be transferred to severely affected countries, given the supply. global limited “.

So far, North Korea has not received any vaccine shipments, although regime health officials have said they will “continue to communicate with the Covax mechanism to receive the Covid-19 vaccines in the coming months.” .

North Korea, which closed all borders last year to prevent the novel coronavirus from entering, says it has not recorded any cases of infection with the pathogen. In the latest report sent to the WHO, the dictatorship indicated that, from March 2020 to August of this year, it had carried out 37,291 PCR tests, all with negative results.

In the first half of 2021, North Korea was believed to have received 1.9 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine via the Covax mechanism, but delivery never took place. The North Korean regime has not accepted the technical recommendations of the initiative, created to ensure the distribution of vaccines to the countries most in need.

In July, the National Security Strategy Institute (INSS), part of the North Korean intelligence service, released a report justifying the government’s refusal over “fears about the side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine.” The same document stated that the country “is reluctant towards vaccines produced in China” and that it has a more favorable opinion of those produced in Russia.