Biden says US has offered North Korea covid vaccines but ‘got no response’

US President Joe Biden said Saturday that America had offered Covid-19 vaccines to Pyongyang yet got no response” despite a spiralling epidemic in North Korea, where almost 2.5 million individuals have fallen sick with “fever”.

“We’ve offered vaccines, not only to North Korea but to China as well and we’re prepared to do that immediately,” he said at a press conference in Seoul.

“We’ve got no response,” he added.

North Korea reported its most cases of Omicron recently, and despite a “maximum emergency” epidemic campaign, the virus has torn through its unvaccinated 25 million population.

Biden and new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol expressed concern Saturday over North Korea’s spiraling 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.