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new COVID-19 cases fell to 400 in 20 days. However, sporadic cluster infections continue. However, as the supply and demand for vaccines opened up, the rate of inoculation increased. In particular, following AstraZeneca and Pfizer, vaccinations for Janssen and Moderna will also start next month.
Next is reporter Kim Deok-hyun.
Moderna vaccine that enters Korea for the first time tomorrow (31st) is 55,000 doses.
We plan to vaccinate those under the age of 30 at hospital level or higher medical institutions.
As the AstraZeneca vaccine was restricted to those under the age of 30 due to a rare thrombotic side effect, the vaccine was not received as planned.
Vaccinations begin in June.
[Jung Eun-kyung/Director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Once the vaccination is completed, it is expected that the infection prevention and patient protection of medical institutions will be further strengthened.]
As the vaccination for the elderly aged 65-74 began on the 27th, the vaccination rate exceeded 10%.
From a week later, 60-64 year-olds and teachers of kindergartens and daycare centers will also receive the vaccine.
Following the existing AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines, Moderna and Janssen vaccines will also start inoculation from next month, so it is judged that the government's goal of 13 million people will be able to receive the first dose in the first half of the year.
However, even if the primary goal is achieved, since 3/4 of the entire population is not vaccinated, it is necessary to achieve a 70% inoculation rate to achieve herd immunity.
The pre-booking rate for the elderly with four days left until the deadline is currently 68%.
(Video coverage: Jeong Seong-hwa, video editing: Lee So-young)