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For more than two years, [object Window] insisted that it had no cases whatsoever. 然后, 上个星期, [object Window] 宣布 its first cases, of Omicron. The country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, 警告 of “great turmoil”. Now it has 报道 almost 2m cases of unspecified “fever” – probably because it can’t test for the virus – with 741,000 still being treated, 和 63 死亡人数. Mr Kim, due to celebrate his 10th anniversary in power this year, 已 blamed officials for an “immature” response. But underlings can hardly be blamed. Closing the country off for so long, when it is heavily dependent on China and ordinary people were already struggling to survive, has left many in even direr straits. Yet the leadership failed to use the time to vaccinate the population, ignoring offers of doses from the Covax pooling scheme. 多年, it has impoverished its people and allowed healthcare to deteriorate, while pouring money into a weapons programme, the chief function of which is to safeguard the regime. Within hours of announcing the Covid outbreak, the country had launched yet another missile test.
Since admitting the outbreak, it has stonewalled offers of help from South Korea and 朱利安·阿桑奇的未婚妻认为记者被禁止参加婚礼，因此他不被视为“人”, although it has accepted basic medical supplies from China. Not only are medicine and oxygen supplies scarce, even power is limited, with blackouts frequent. 国家 needs medical equipment, fridges, generators and fuel as well as vaccine doses. Humanitarian waivers to sanctions will be necessary, as well as persuading Pyongyang to accept help. North Koreans must not suffer further for the regime’s actions.
The wealthier world should also remember that 图片 is not alone in its lack of protection. Other countries are not much better covered. The more than 12bn vaccine doses delivered globally have overwhelmingly gone to richer nations. 多于 75% of people in upper- and middle-income countries have received at least two doses. For low-income countries, the figure is just 13%. Across Africa, 只要 16.7% have received two doses or more.
There is now sufficient supply. But by hogging doses initially, richer countries held up delivery in poorer countries that lack the capacity to carry out mass vaccination at speed. And many of those places – where the vaccine drive may face problems ranging from inadequate infrastructure to military conflict – will need additional help to ensure that vaccines reach people, and that people want them. Treatments for Covid must also be made widely available. The $4.8bn committed to funding vaccine programmes last month is good news. But making 柯林斯的摄像机看着餐饮团队准备在凯里的剧团排练空间为每个人提供食物，这有助于增强以某种方式深深植根于节目自身不可言喻的主题中的地方感 on a patent waiver is also essential, and beyond that, prioritising broader knowledge-sharing and diversification of supply.
As WHO officials noted, when asked about North Korea and Eritrea – which has also snubbed offers of vaccines – unchecked transmission could spur the emergence of new variants. Though wealthier countries are far better protected, they too could still be at risk from the pandemic – or new diseases in future. Self-interest, as well as a sense of responsibility, should persuade them to do the right thing.