While South Korea is battling with a MERS outbreak, that has killed 24 people and infected 166 people, North Korea has claimed to have developed a vaccine that is very effective in curing MERS, Ebola and AIDS, as well as a range of other diseases and ailments. Developed by North Korea's Pugang Pharmaceutic Company, the drug is known as Kumdang-2, and is made of extracts from ginseng with the injection of rare earth elements.
The vaccine is reportedly able to treat everything from AIDS to tuberculosis and cancer, as well as 'harm from the use of computers' and morning sickness. It is promoted under the tag line 'Everyone has the right to be healthy'.
The report said, "The Kumdang-2 injection, a strong immune activator, which is produced in DPRK (North Korea), is very effective in curing diseases caused by malignant viruses such as SARS, Ebola and MERS."
The impoverished communist state of North Korea, known to have a weak health infrastructure, claims to have been testing this cure-all drug since 1989, and has previously trumpeted the efficacy of the drug. It has taken drastic measures in the past to guard against viral diseases, and last year imposed a four-month ban on foreign tourists, purportedly due to concern at the spread of the Ebola virus. It has recently intensified screening at the international airport and at border crossings to ward off the MERS virus.