S. Korea to Secure Coronavirus Vaccine for 60 pct of Population - (The Korea Bizwire via NewsPoints Desk)

  • South Korea aims to secure enough new coronavirus vaccines to administer to 30 million people, or roughly 60% of the country's population, reported The Korea Bizwire.

  • The country will seek to get vaccines for 10 million people from the COVAX Facility, set up by the World Health Organization and global vaccine alliance Gavi, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

  • The rest will be acquired through arrangements with private companies, the ministry added.

  • The ministry noted that based on demand and progress made by local pharmaceutical companies, South Korea will seek to secure vaccines for a further 20 million people that will allow everyone to receive vaccinations.

  • "The initial target of inoculating 60% of the population is to create herd immunity in the country that can reduce public fears about the coronavirus," remarked Lim In-taek, head of the health industry policy division at the ministry.

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