October 25, 2021 09:08
More than 70 percent of Korea's 52 million population is now fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
Health authorities said a total of 35.95 million people or 70 percent of the population had been fully vaccinated as of 2 p.m. last Saturday. Another 9.4 percent had received their first vaccine shot.
The government said early this year that would be the threshold to achieve herd immunity. It will now gradually ease lockdown from November.
Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said Sunday that the 70-percent vaccination rate "was possible thanks to the Korean people's active participation in the government's inoculation drive." "We will start on our journey back to a normal in November, but we intend to embark neither too quickly nor too slowly," he added.
Until early July Korea's vaccination rate stood at a dismal 10 percent due to glitches in importing vaccines, but increased quickly as problems were resolved. At the beginning of August it still lagged behind much of the OECD countries, but it is now in the top 10, ahead of the U.K. (66.7 percent), Israel (65 percent) and U.S. (56.6 percent)
But the daily tally of new coronavirus infections still stood at 1,190 as of Monday morning.
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