South Korea to secure more mRNA vaccines for Covid-19 booster shot – News Vibe24

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    SEOUL: South Korea plans to provide more movna vaccines against Covid-19 to use as a shotgun next year for its entire population, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said on Tuesday.
    South Korea has already agreed to buy 106 million doses of mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna to cover the full vaccination of its population of 52 million this year.
    The government also hopes to achieve herd immunity earlier than the November target by vaccinating at least 70% of its population with at least one dose of vaccine.
    “The government intends to first secure the supply of vaccines, mainly mRNAs, enough to vaccinate the entire public with at least one shot next year,” Kim said.
    South Korea has given at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to about 30% of its population, and large manufacturing employers will begin vaccinating their employees in their inpatient clinics next month.
    Kim also said it was necessary to expand the age group of people eligible for vaccination to ensure that students can return safely to school in the fall amid the spread of more infectious variants. It is also unclear how long immunity protection lasts for those people who have already been vaccinated.
    Pfizer has been approved for use in children aged 12-15 in Europe and the United States, and Moderna is aiming for approval for teens, as evidence has shown that it has been found to be safe and effective.
    In South Korea, the government has approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine in children 16 years of age and older, while Moderna can be given to people 18 years of age and older.
    While the number of daily local infections has remained below 700 since the beginning of this month, more contagious variants are on the rise.
    South Korea has so far reported a total of 2,492 cases of the Covid-19 variant, of which 83% was the Alpha variant, first detected in Britain, and 10% was the Delta variant, first detected in India. according to data from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency.
    South Korea reported 595 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 156,167. The total burden includes premature infections that are not associated with various variants that the World Health Organization has identified this year.
    The death toll from Covid-19 is 2,017.

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