South Korea will receive 1 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine this week. Most of them infect military personnel. after the US Nearly double the pledges made earlier this month, Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom said.
South Korea has reported lower death tolls than many developed countries from COVID-19, but the government has been criticized for its relatively slow vaccine rollout.
US President Joe Biden at his first summit with President Moon Jae-in earlier this month. It promised to supply 550,000 rounds of ammunition to the South Korean soldiers. Read more
Kim said the offer has now been raised to 1 million doses and the shots will arrive this week. He thanked the Biden administration for their commitment to the alliance. The J&J vaccine must be used only once, instead of the 2 shots of most other COVID-19 vaccines.
“We plan to administer vaccines to most military personnel. including the Reserve Forces and the Civil Defense Force. After sending them by air directly from the United States using military aircraft,” Kim said at an intra-agency meeting.
Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), said 1 million doses will be taken in June. including some in foreign business or diplomatic missions
“The United States made a very special decision. Although there are many countries hoping for vaccine support. Which I think reflects special consideration for us in terms of partner values,” she said in a separate briefing.
South Korea aims to boost herd immunity by vaccinating by November. But the launch is uncertain amid global shortages and shipping delays.
The country has ordered 6 million doses of the J&J vaccine, which was approved in April. These shots are expected to arrive in the second half of the year, Jong said.
Immunizations using Moderna’s (Mod.N) vaccine will also begin in June. After the arrival of the first 55,000 doses of the vaccine, she added.
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