Why the World Should Care About the COVID Outbreak in North Korea   [open html - 0B]

From the Document: "The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] outbreak in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) is an immediate global concern. The country's healthcare infrastructure, which the Global Health Index has ranked 193rd out of 195, is not equipped to handle a pandemic, especially not one that transmits as quickly as the Omicron variant. Without proper treatments and vaccines, the virus threatens to run rampant in the country. This would create the perfect conditions for new variants to arise, which is a threat to the rest of the world. Many will rightfully point out here that the US, South Korea and multilateral initiatives like COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) have expressed a willingness to provide COVID [coronavirus disease] aid, which North Korea has not accepted to date. Extending beyond the likely frustrations in Washington and Seoul, it's crucial to underscore that the rapid spread of Omicron and other emerging variants are not just about North Korea--these issues are a global security threat. As such, assistance efforts should be pursued as an urgent common objective. Moreover, it's necessary to understand the recent history of humanitarian cooperation in the country to know why North Koreans may be hesitant to accept aid, and what policy shifts might make them more amenable to receiving assistance."

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