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As world reopens, North Korea is one of two countries without vaccines

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Min Joo Kim

24 Apr 2022 · 4 min read

As mask mandates and social distancing requirements lift around the world, North Korea remains one of two countries that have not administered any coronavirus vaccines, with no sign of how it can ever begin to reopen despite a brewing humanitarian crisis for its people.

The vaccines that were allocated for North Korea through a United Nations-backed global vaccination effort are no longer available, officials said this month, after Pyongyang repeatedly rejected the initiative's offers of millions of doses.

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