North Korea Rejects COVID Shots from China

North Korea doesn’t record cases of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean the disease hasn’t affected the country or its economy. The secretive nation has also had strict anti-virus measures in place since the beginning of the pandemic, closing its borders in January 2020.

The country recently asked that nearly three million Sinovac shots offered under China’s development program be redirected to other nations. This Chinese-made vaccine was provided under a program that helps poorer countries get what they need to keep people safe.

It isn’t the first time that North Korea has rejected COVID shots. It also turned down two million doses of the AstraZeneca shot under concerns of potential side effects. Russia has even offered its Sputnik vaccine multiple times without success. 

How to Handle a Potential COVID Infection

If you suspect that your physical symptoms are related to COVID-19, the first step to take is to get tested. The results can let you know if you’ve caught this virus.

When you don’t have any symptoms, the best thing you can do is to take care of your immune system. That means your body needs some vitamin D, and the best place to get it is by exposing your skin to the sun.

A healthy immune system requires nutrients from our diet. When you’re unable to get this need met from eating alone, products from brands like Core Med Science can be helpful. You could take Liposomal Vitamin C or Liposomal Glutathione for that extra support. 

As a final step, consider washing your hands frequently or using safe sanitizing products.

Are We Any Closer to a COVID-19 Vaccine?

With millions of people infected and hundreds of thousands dying, COVID-19 is the public health emergency of a lifetime for many people today.

It spreads easily, is highly contagious with exposure, and can cause symptoms to last for months in some people.

Even a mild case of COVID-19 can last for 14+ days.

Everyone wants to get back to a level of normalcy. Taking products from Curamed and Life Extension might help, but it isn’t the same as receiving a vaccine. Here’s where the world stands right now on that work.

Over 200 COVID-19 Vaccines Are in Development

Russia and China have announced they are using a vaccine already. Most governments doubt the safety and efficacy of that work, but they are still watching with hope to see if early breakthroughs could create safe outcomes.

Eight candidate vaccines are currently in clinical trials with human subjects. One of those is presently suspended because of adverse side effects. Most experts believe it will be late 2021 before something is widely available for everyone to use. The World Health Organization is working with scientists, business leaders and global health agencies to speed up the pandemic response.

Most companies are in the Stage II or Stage III testing phase of their vaccine. The FDA has promised to fast-track reviews to ensure anything that offers promising results can reach the market as quickly as possible.

One of the promising candidates comes from a company called Inovio. They were already working on a vaccine for the MERS coronavirus, allowing them to transition to COVID-19 rather quickly.

What to Know About a COVID Vaccine

With multiple competitors producing potentially viable COVID-19 vaccines, distribution networks may not take long to create. That means once one of them gets approved, it will be a slow and steady race toward inoculation for the general public.

The data collected from the Phase III trials will dictate the next steps. FDA rules require a 50% efficacy rate, which puts it in line with the flu shot for effectiveness.

If a vaccine gets approved by the end of 2020, the earliest distribution would be the following spring for essential personnel. It could be Halloween 2021 before everyone can have one.

Until a vaccine becomes available, continue taking your CuraMed supplements, washing your hands, wearing a mask, and adopting social distancing practices.