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North Korea's Vaccination Capabilities: Implications for a COVID-19 Campaign   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "Although the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) appears to have succeeded in preventing the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 virus) from entering its borders, the drastic isolation measures have hurt its economy and taken a toll on the vulnerable population. As the pandemic shows no sign of abating, the country will need to explore a path to reopening while minimizing the risk to its people. Vaccines, while not a panacea, are indispensable to any strategy for reopening. However, questions have been raised about the country's ability to maintain the cold temperatures required for storage and transport and implement a national vaccination program. We analyze the DPRK's history with vaccines which shows that, with the proper preparations, it could carry out swift, nationwide campaigns. We also describe a theoretical vaccination road map using a combination of the AstraZeneca/Oxford and the mRNA (Moderna or the Pfizer-BioNTech) vaccines."

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2021-08-05
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38 North; Henry L. Stimson Center
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