Kim Jong Un’s North Korea gets backing of CDC director for vaccines against lethal diseases


On the eve of a summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea, North Korea has won the backing of a leading American medical doctor.

Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced Thursday that he has agreed to fund the production of vaccines to support inoculations against several different diseases, beginning with illnesses that could be spread in a missile launch, in response to demands from Kim Jong Un’s regime.

In a letter to Dr. Dan C. Smith, the CEO of Dynavax Technologies, an organization backed by the CDC that aims to develop vaccines against avian influenza and Dengue virus that are appropriate for the availability of vaccines against smallpox and yellow fever, Frieden cited risks to U.S. troops, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and air travel from North Korea’s missile launches and diplomatic negotiations.

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