Gov't to Use up AstraZeneca Jabs for Over-60s

      April 13, 2021 11:54

      The government said Monday it is considering giving leftover AstraZeneca vaccine doses to ordinary people between 60 and 64 now that they have been suspended for daycare workers and teachers under 30.

      The government announced Sunday that it would stop AstraZeneca injections for under-30s since the vaccine has been linked to rare blood clots in younger patients, which leaves some doses available for the elderly.

      Jeong Eun-kyeong, the chief of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, told reporters on Monday, "AstraZeneca vaccine injections scheduled to be administered on around 640,000 people in their 20s have been deferred, so we will allocate them to other candidates."

      They included special education teachers, day care and kindergarten staff and school nurses.

      People are being vaccinated in Gwangju on Monday.

      The government said Moderna has finally applied for approval of its coronavirus vaccine in Korea. The vaccine is supposed to be available here from May, but supplies will be limited because the U.S. is hoarding the vaccine for its own people.

      That will in turn likely play havoc with the government's plan to rely on imported Moderna and Janssen vaccines in the third quarter, so now it seems bent on using Novavax vaccines manufactured under license in Korea although they have not yet been approved for use here.

      The government says that some 2 million doses of the Novavax vaccine can be supplied between June and September.

      Meanwhile, the daily tally of new coronavirus cases stood at 542 on Tuesday morning, bringing the total to 110,688 with 1,775 deaths. 

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