U.S. President Joe Biden stated, on Saturday, that America had offered Covid-19 vaccines to North Korea but “got no response”.
“We’ve offered vaccines, not only to North Korea but to China as well, and we’re prepared to do that immediately,” Biden said at a press conference in Seoul, noting that “We’ve got no response.”
North Korea, where nearly 2.5 million people have fallen sick with “fever”, reported its first cases of Omicron earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Biden, who is in Seoul on his first trip to Asia as president, said the United States and South Korea had made a fresh offer of Covid aid to Pyongyang but had not heard back.
It added that the country had “intensified” its anti-epidemic campaign.
Biden and the new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol expressed concern over North Korea’s spiralling Covid-19 outbreak.
“The ROK and the US are willing to work with the international community to provide assistance to the DPRK to combat the virus,” they said in a joint statement.