By Oisin Sweeney • 01 December 2020 • 10:17
NORTH KOREA’s dictator Kim Jong-un has reportedly been treated with an ‘experimental’ Chinese coronavirus vaccine according to one US analyst.
‘Kim Jong-un and multiple other high ranking officials within the Kim family and leadership network have been vaccinated for coronavirus within the last two or three weeks thanks to a vaccine candidate supplied by the Chinese government,’ said Harry Kazianis, a North Korea expert based in Washington DC. His claims are based on two unnamed sources within the Japanese intelligence community.
However, a North Korean specialist in infectious diseases who fled the regime in 2012 has expressed his doubt on the claim. He said that ‘even if a Chinese vaccine had already been approved, no drug is perfect and he would not take that risk when he has numerous shelters which can ensure almost complete isolation.’
Three Chinese companies – Sinovac Biotech Ltd, CanSinoBio, and Sinophram Group – claim to be in the process of developing vaccines. It is unclear which is alleged to have supplied the North Korean dictator, and none of the companies have proven that their products are fully safe and effective yet.
Recently, Microsoft reported that hacker cells from North Korea had attempted to steal vaccine information from companies in several countries, including allegedly the UK’s AstraZeneca.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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