The international vaccine sharing program COVAX says it "understands" North Korea has accepted vaccines from China and started administering doses.
Quoting a spokesperson from the program, Voice of America reported the news on Friday, but said that COVAX does not know what type of vaccines they were, nor how many were provided.
COVAX has so far received no formal requests from the regime for COVID-19 vaccine support despite allocating doses to the North several times previously.
The spokesperson added the program has always been ready to help Pyeongyang, should it request assistance, but can’t provide vaccines unless it gets a "clear sense" of North Korea's need.
This comes a week after Radio Free Asia, citing anonymous sources, reported North Korea mid last month had already begun a vaccination campaign for soldiers working on a high-priority construction project in its capital.
According to the state-run Korean Central News Agency, North Korea as of Thursday 6 PM has seen a total of 3.91 million so-called "fever" cases since late April of which more than 3.76 million have reportedly recovered.
Citing data from the regime's health authorities, the KCNA reported around 82,160 new infections on Friday the daily count remaining under 100,000 for the fourth day in a row.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.