Russia offers North Korea Covid vaccines again as crisis worsens


Russia has offered North Korea Covid vaccines once again, amid reports that a harsh lockdown is leading to extreme hunger. Pyongyang has refused vaccines and aid from a number of countries. It has instead sealed borders to try and keep the virus out but that has affected trade with China. It relies on Beijing for food, fertiliser and fuel. Kim Jong-un has acknowledged that the country is facing food shortages, describing the situation as “tense”. He made the comments last month and also told citizens to prepare for the “worst ever outcome” which has invoked comparisons to a deadly famine in the 1990s. International trade sanctions are believed to have further put pressure on food supplies.(BBC)…[+]