South Korea plans to send vaccines to coronavirus-hit North Korea

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South Korea’s president said on Friday the country would offer to supply North Korea with coronavirus vaccines, according to reports.

A day earlier, North Korea acknowledged the country’s first case of the virus and said on Friday six people had died and at least 350,000 had been infected. Pyongyang has called the outbreak “explosive” after imposing a nationwide lockdown on Thursday.

For more than two years, the isolated and secretive nation has dubiously claimed that it has had no cases of coronavirus unlike the rest of the world. Deaths from COVID-19 in the United States have exceeded one million people.

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South Korean President Yoon Seok-youl waves from a car after the presidential inauguration in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
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South Korean President Yoon Seok-youl waves from a car after the presidential inauguration in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
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“We will discuss detailed plans to assist North Korea,” South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s spokesman Kang In-sun said in a statement, according to Reuters and the South News Agency. -Korean Yonhap. “President Yoon Suk-yeol plans to provide the North Korean people with COVID-19 vaccines and other medical supplies.”

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A passerby walks past a screen displaying an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wearing a face mask during a newscast in Tokyo, Friday, May 13, 2022.

A passerby walks past a screen displaying an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wearing a face mask during a newscast in Tokyo, Friday, May 13, 2022.
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The White House said Thursday that it is not currently considering giving vaccines to North Korea.

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North Korea and Eritrea, countries that have refused to accept foreign vaccines in the past, are the only two in the world without vaccines, according to the Washington Post. Rumors in both counties, however, claim that the nations’ wealthy elites were secretly vaccinated.

A nurse administers a Moderna Inc. Covid-19 vaccine booster shot at H Plus Yangji Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021.

A nurse administers a Moderna Inc. Covid-19 vaccine booster shot at H Plus Yangji Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021.
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North Korea has not yet asked for help from the south.

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Yoon was inaugurated on Tuesday and campaigned to take a hard line with the north. However, in his inaugural speech, he promised that dialogue between the two countries would remain open, Yonhap reported.

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