“Several other high-ranking officials within the Kim family and the leadership network” received the vaccine, according to the report.
There are several vaccines made in China that have been developed in recent months, although phase three trial data has not been published on any of them.
One of the most likely candidates is one developed by the Sinophram Group, which has already been delivered to nearly a million people.
The hackers posed as recruiters on LinkedIn and WhatsApp to approach AstraZeneca staff with bogus job offers.
The hackers then sent documents loaded with malicious code designed to give them access to the victims’ computers.
South Korean pharmaceutical companies had also been targeted by North Korean hackers.
North Korea has yet to admit to having any diagnosed coronavirus cases in the country, though it has admitted to having suspected infections.
But South Korean spies have said its northern neighbor has banned ocean fishing and locked down its capital, Pyongyang, in an effort to contain the pandemic.
South Korea’s National Intelligence Service said Kim is displaying “excessive anger” and taking “irrational measures” in response to the pandemic.
Ocean fishing and salt production have been banned so seawater is not infected with coronavirus, the agency says.
And a key official was executed in August for violating import restrictions.
North Korea’s economy has collapsed this year, with US sanctions compounded by the closure of the border with China.
The recluse nation is ill-equipped to deal with a pandemic, with its healthcare system already under pressure.
“Our people have placed their trust in me, as high as the sky and as deep as the sea, but I have not always been able to fulfill it satisfactorily,” he said.
“I’m really sorry about that.
“Although I have been entrusted with the important responsibility of leading this country defending the cause of great comrades Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il thanks to the trust of all the people, my efforts and sincerity have not been enough to free us people from difficulties in their lives. “
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The Associated Press reported last week that Kim had ordered diplomats not to provoke the United States, as the regime’s friend Donald Trump is replaced by the much more aggressive Joe Biden.
While Trump and Kim have exchanged “love letters,” according to the US president, Biden is far less friendly.
“(Trump) legitimized North Korea,” Biden said during the second presidential debate.
“You talked about your good friend, who is a bully.”
Last month, North Korean state media described Biden as a “mad dog” who “must be beaten to death with a stick.”