The US president, who is in the South Korean capital as part of his first trip to Asia at the head of the White House, said that both his country and South Korea offered help to North Korea to fight the pandemic. We have offered vaccines, not only to North Korea, but also to China, and we are prepared to do so immediately,” Biden said at a news conference in Seoul. “We didn’t have an answer,” he added. North Korea, whose population of 25 million is not vaccinated against the coronavirus, reported nine days ago its first cases of the Ómicron variant.North Korean health authorities today confirmed about 220,000 new infections and one death, the Europa Press news agency reported.North Korean state media reported that in total about 2.5 million people were sick with “fever” and that, to date, 66 deaths have been reported. Due to the lack of testing to confirm coronavirus infections, health authorities are reporting infections as a strange “fever” Although some foreign countries view the evolution of the pandemic with some concern, from within North Korean borders it was reported that it was possible to contain and reduce the spread of the pandemic, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said. For their part, Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol expressed concern about the Covid-19 outbreak in North Korea.Both presidents said they “are willing to work with the international community to provide assistance” to Pyongyang, according to a joint statement. Experts warned that the situation could trigger a serious health crisis in North Korea, whose health system is very deficient, the AFP news agency reported. Yoon said the aid offer was made in accordance with “humanitarian principles, apart from political and military affairs” with Pyongyang.
Biden offered vaccines to North Korea that today reported about 220,000 cases
May 21, 2022 |