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growing number of countries are allowing people who have received the corona vaccine to travel freely without self-isolation. On the map of Europe you see now, those countries are marked in green, and places marked in red, such as Italy and Spain, are countries that are about to be implemented. The so-called'vaccine passport' has already been introduced in China and some parts of the United States, and Korea is also preparing, but the situation may vary depending on what type of vaccine was given and how much the mutant virus spreads around the world.

For more information, medical reporter Cho Dong-chan will deliver.

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vaccination rates around the world such as the United States, Europe, Russia, and Australia are rising, countries around the world are continually talking about vaccination passports.

It is expected that Korea will also introduce a vaccine passport system from June as early as possible.

This is a method of signing an agreement with other countries to prevent self-quarantine when a national or foreigner enters the country two weeks after being vaccinated twice.

However, the countries exempted from self-isolation may vary depending on which vaccine you received.

This is because different countries have different licensed vaccines.

Russian and Chinese vaccines are available in some countries, but in many countries, like ours, they do not.

Since China is exempting self-quarantine only for domestic vaccinations, Koreans who need to visit China will be in trouble for a long time.

[Chinese business: Even when the families of our dispatched employees go to (China), visa issuance and these things are also quite problematic right now, so our local employees' families are also unable to enter (Korea).]

The biggest variable is

the situation.

It is a mutant virus with high fatality and transmission power.

[Yoon Tae-ho / Head of the Central Accident Control Headquarters: If there is no symptoms, self-isolation is exempted. However, exceptions are the case when entering the country from South Africa and Brazil mutant countries.] This is because the

South African mutant virus has spread not only to Europe, but also to the United States and China, and the Indian mutation, the main culprit of the second pandemic in India, is also spreading.

Eventually, the effectiveness of the vaccine passport can be guaranteed by increasing the vaccination rate and preventing the spread of the mutant virus.

(Video editing: Soyoung Lee)