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North Korea has rejected planned shipments of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine that were being organized under the global COVAX distribution plan due to concerns over side effects, a South Korean think tank said Friday.

COVAX has said it would provide nearly 2 million doses of AstraZeneca’s shots to North Korea. The first batch had been expected in late May but was delayed amid protracted consultations, South Korea said last month.

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