South Korea has achieved its goal of immunizing 70% of 52 million people, paving the way for a planned and normal recovery next month.
The goal set a month before the country launched its vaccination campaign in late February was met on Saturday afternoon, and about 36 million people were vaccinated, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) announced. ..
The goal was skeptical as the government addressed the global shortage of COVID-19 vaccines and delayed shipments.
However, despite a rough start, South Korea has rapidly increased its vaccination momentum, thanks to increased supply and relatively high public acceptance.
Health Minister Gondeok said last week that the government would begin a gradual return to normal activity from November 1.
“The prevalence of highly infectious delta mutants makes it impossible to put an end to the pandemic by reaching herd immunity,” KDCA said in a statement.
“But achieving vaccination goals has important implications in reducing severe cases and deaths, and as an important prerequisite for the transition to a gradual recovery of our daily lives. increase.”
Thanks to intensive testing and tracking, South Korea has largely succeeded in dealing with the pandemic without imposing the blockades found in many other parts of the world.
However, since last summer, it has been struggling to control the fourth wave of COVID-19, and although there are few serious cases and deaths, the number of new daily cases exceeded 3,000 for the first time last month.
KDCA reported 1508 new cases on Friday.
South Korea hits major COVID-19vax target
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