Kim Jong Un suggests North Korea could start COVID-19 vaccinations

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has suggested the isolated country could begin vaccinations against COVID-19 in November, state media reported on Friday (September 9).

In a speech to North Korea’s National Assembly on Thursday, Kim cited warnings from the World Health Organization (WHO) that winter could see a resurgence in coronavirus infections.

“Therefore, alongside responsible vaccination, we should recommend that all residents wear masks to protect their health from November,” he said, without giving further details.

North Korea has not confirmed administering any COVID-19 vaccines, although customs records show it has imported some unspecified vaccines from China this year.

Last month, Kim declared victory over COVID-19 and ordered the lifting of the maximum anti-epidemic measures imposed in May, while adding that North Korea must maintain a “solid steel anti-epidemic barrier”.