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S. Korea to start taking reservations for COVID-19 vaccinations starting next month Updated: 2021-01-19 07:03:47 KST

The South Korean government on Monday said it will put in place a system for people to make COVID-19 vaccine reservations, and get information on when and where inoculations will be available.

"We are currently working on a system that will allow citizens the access to the information needed for vaccinations, which will begin starting in February."

Commissioner Jeong also said ( 1) that the drug ministry will be in charge of vaccine approval, and as for importing the vaccines, ( 2) the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport will be responsible. ( 3)
Storing and transporting the vaccines will be taken care of by the Ministry of National Defense, ( 4) and the inoculation process will be carried out by the Ministry of the Interior and Safety.

During the New Year's press conference on Monday, President Moon assured the public that the vaccines are safe.
He also said that the government will pay compensation to those who experience any serious side effects.

Meanwhile, the country's pharmaceutical giant Celltrion was on Monday granted conditional-use authorization for its COVID-19 antibody treatment by the drug ministry.

"We were advised to give the treatment the green light, on the condition that the drug goes through another third clinical trial."

Clinical data so far shows the treatment can shorten the COVID-19 recovery period by around three-and-a-half days.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.
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