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North Korea faces its first covid outbreak without any vaccines

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N. Korrea has covid breakout without vaccinesNorth Korea admitted the inevitable this week — that covid-19 had finally reached its population. But for global health experts, there’s a particularly worrying detail: It is one of just two countries without any vaccines.

North Korea and Eritrea — both poor and led by brutal governments — have refused to join global vaccine-sharing initiatives, leaving their populations vulnerable to fast-spreading variants of the virus.

In Pyongyang, authorities Thursday attributed the outbreak to the highly contagious BA.2 omicron subvariant. On Friday, state media reported that one person had died and some 350,000 people had shown symptoms of fever.


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