North Korea claims coronavirus vaccines ’cause death’ in propaganda

State press in North Korea has warned vaccines can kill patients and will not stop the pandemic.

The secretive state insists it has remained free of Covid-19 cases, as much of the world continues to struggle against its spreading mutations.

On Tuesday however, North Korea's official newspaper printed that the virus will continue to pose a global threat because vaccines designed to protect against it, are not just failing but causing fatalities.

The Rodong Sinmun's dismissal of coronavirus jabs comes after the country appears to have missed out in securing doses for its own population, Yonhap reports.

It said: "The situations in many countries prove that vaccines are far from a panacea. Some vaccines, which had been considered highly effective, caused severe side effects, including even death, leading many countries to stop their use."

It went on to state that vaccines cannot protect against infection and readers should step up efforts to prevent spreading the virus, with it breaching the state's borders now an "inevitable reality".

Since publishing in 2020 that researchers were carrying out clinical trials to develop vaccines for Covid-19, media in North Korea has not yet released an update on their progress.

Around 1.7 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines against Covid-19 were expected to be delivered to the North in May.

But COVAX Facility which was behind the distribution has announced a delay in the program.

Rodong took an apparent shot at India's anti-virus campaign without naming the country, The Economic Times reports.

It said a certain nation that had "exported vaccines it produced while publicly insisting that it considers the evil virus as defeated," was now experiencing explosive growth in infections driven by more contagious virus variants after it had eased social distancing.

North Korea has told the World Health Organization that no cases of the virus were found in the 24,500 citizens it tested through mid-April.

The government's actions to maintain its claimed coronavirus-free status include severely limited cross-border traffic, banning of tourists, jetted out diplomats and mobilised health workers.

Despite its reports outside experts have suspect North Korea's poor health infrastructure and a porous border shared with China, makes it highly probable the virus has at some point ripped through the population.

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