Gov't Hopes to Return to Normality by November

  • By Bae Jun-yong

    September 08, 2021 09:04

    Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency chief Jeong Eun-kyeong speaks at a meeting at the National Assembly in Seoul on Tuesday.

    Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency chief Jeong Eun-kyeong on Tuesday said lockdown should be eased and life return to normal around by November.

    Jeong promised that more than 80 percent of adults will be vaccinated by then. "Our goal is to vaccinate more than 90 percent of the elderly and more than 80 percent of adults by the end of October," she told a National Assembly committee.

    She said Korea can then switch to a policy of living with coronavirus that switches focus from counting infections to managing severe cases. According to a recent survey by health authorities, 73.3 percent of Koreans support the shift and only 20.2 percent oppose it.

    The KDCA said more than 60 percent of Korea's 52 million people have now had at least their first jab.

    Students wait to get tested for coronavirus at a school in Gwangju on Tuesday. /Newsis

    Some 1.39 million doses of Moderna's vaccine arrived in Korea Tuesday and 3.43 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine are due Wednesday, including 970,000 doses from Romania which health authorities obtained through separate deals.

    The fresh supplies raise hopes that the government can still meet the target of inoculating 70 percent of the population before Chuseok, the biggest holiday of the year, that start on Sept. 20.

    The daily tally of new infections stood at 2,050 as of Wednesday.

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