FT: North Korea Unvaccinated & Unprepared

Financial Times headline: Unvaccinated and unprepared, North Korea faces Covid catastrophe

Subheadline: Pyongyang’s gamble on extreme isolation has unravelled as Omicron sweeps the country


“After two and half years, we know the consequences of outbreaks in unvaccinated populations,” said Jerome Kim, director-general of the International Vaccine Institute in Seoul.

“Hopefully, North Korea will be able to avail itself of the tests, drugs, equipment and vaccines needed to avert a looming humanitarian, economic [and] biological crises, as rampant spread may also be associated with the generation of viral variants.”

North Korea is one of only two countries not to have initiated a Covid-19 vaccination programme.