New Gov't Pledges 'Scientific Approach' to Fighting Pandemic

  • By Kim Seung-jae

    March 23, 2022 11:24

    Ahn Cheol-soo, the head of the presidential transition team, said Tuesday that the new government will make policy decisions about the coronavirus pandemic "based on objective scientific data."

    Describing the Moon Jae-in administration's coronavirus response as essentially "political," Ahn added, "Many mistakes were made because lockdown decisions were often swayed by public opinion."

    Ahn Cheol-soo

    Ahn told reporters, "There is a severe shortage of antiviral pills such as Paxlovid, but although unprecedented, we need to look into the possibility of making generic versions available in Korea by paying royalties."

    "Infected patients are currently undergoing self-isolation at home, but we need to change that so they can get treatment in neighborhood clinics," he added. "It would also be beneficial to conduct regular antibody tests that can be reflected in government policies." Currently people are only tested for infection but not to see whether they have natural immunity after recovering from the virus.

    Ahn also promised to share all COVID data including side-effects of vaccines. "That will eliminate fears over vaccines and allow people to decide to get vaccinated based on such data," Ahn said.

    He added that the new administration will let parents decide whether to vaccinate their children, while senior citizens and people with chronic diseases will get "fast-track" treatment once infected.

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