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U.S. inoculates nearly 900 thousand children with first COVID-19 jabs in a week Updated: 2021-11-11 11:43:13 KST

All right Soa thank you for now.
On the international front.
Vaccination campaigns are gaining momentum AS they are being EXPANDED to COVER more members of the PUBLIC AND to OFFER GREATER DOSES to those in need.
Shin Ye-eun joins me now.

Hello Sunny.

Let's begin with countries that are offering vaccinations to children below 12.

The United States has actually started administering vaccines to some 28 million children aged 5 to 11 from last Wednesday.
In a week, they've inoculated nearly 900-thousand kids.
A White House COVID-19 response coordinator said another 700 thousand shots are scheduled at pharmacies alone, for kids in elementary school.
Israel is also set to vaccinate children in the same age range, a group that makes up 13 percent of its population.
Israeli health experts on Wednesday voted in favor of the move, saying Pfizer vaccines in particular are safe and effective.
Detailed guidelines may be announced to the public within 10 days, according to local media reports.
As this age group accounts for a significant portion of the total population, there has been much debate as to whether herd immunity can be achieved without children being vaccinated.
But, the head of Israel's pandemic task force said vaccinations for children won't be mandated.
Take a listen.

"The main goal is to protect the health of children, but at the end of the day, the decision is autonomous and subject to private consideration and it should be free of coercion."

Moving on to booster shots.
I understand neighboring Japan is poised to take part in THIS CAMPAIGN.

Right, so Japan's health ministry on Wednesday gave the green light to booster shots using the Pfizer vaccine.
Similar to Korea, they will first administer these extra jabs to health workers from December.
One key difference though, is that Japan could make boosters available to EVERY adult aged 18 and up, which is a discussion that hasn't yet gained traction here in Korea.
Once Japan has reviewed the safety data of booster shots in younger people, Japan might lower the age requirement for booster shots, with detailed guidelines set to be revealed on Friday.
As for Korea, extra jabs are currently offered to seniors over 60, younger people working in the healthcare sector, and also Janssen recipients.

AND staying on the local front.
Soa do tell us a bit about plans to make COVID-19 vaccinations an annual campaign.

While vaccinations are the most important tool in keeping the outbreak under control, some countries have been taking more extreme measures to bring down the number of infections.
Take China for example, which has been taking a very aggressive approach.
In February 2020, China's state-run media reported that a court in one of China's provinces published an urgent notice that said
anyone who spreads the virus intentionally and endangers public security would be subject to the death penalty, depending on the gravity of the violation.
Those who spread false rumors about the pandemic can also face up to 15 years in jail.
As of now, there is no data showing the number of Chinese citizens who have been convicted of these offenses.
Nowhere near the death penalty, of course, but countries like the UK, Saudi Arabia and Korea are imposing fines on people who break quarantine.
Take Saudi Arabia, for instance.
It fines first-time offenders more than 53-thousand U.S. dollars, or a maximum two-year jail sentence.
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