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North Korea to receive nearly 2 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses in first half -interim report

FILE PHOTO: A vial of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is seen at the Lochee Health Centre in Dundee, Scotland, Britain January 4, 2021. Andy Buchanan/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

(Reuters) - North Korea is expected to receive nearly two million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine by the first half of this year, said agencies leading the COVAX vaccine-sharing programme.

The COVAX Facility will distribute 1.992 million doses of the vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India, according to the COVAX interim distribution report on Wednesday. bit.ly/3rfMnh2

COVAX, which secures vaccines for poor countries, is co-led by the GAVI alliance, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and the U.N. Children’s Fund.

North Korea has not reported a single case of COVID-19 till date, according to the WHO website.

Reporting by Anirudh Saligrama and Rama Venkat in Bengaluru; Editing by Kim Coghill and Tom Hogue

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