South Korea’s intelligence agency said North Korea attempted to steal information on coronavirus vaccines and treatments by hacking Pfizer Inc., a lawmaker briefed by the agency said.

Despite infecting more than 3 million people around the world, there are 34 countries and territories that have not reported a single case of the novel coronavirus.

The escalating threat of a potential nuclear war between North Korea and the United States has led the Department of Defense to join hands with a clutch of companies in developing more effective medical treatments for acute radiation syndrome.