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COVID-19 surge in S. Korea: Analysis Updated: 2021-11-19 17:06:02 KST

South Korea has recorded over three thousand Covid cases for three straight days.
Health authorities say that if cases keep rising, they might not proceed with the second phase of their exit strategy and could even go back to stricter disease-prevention measures.
To talk about this more, we have Professor Yoo Byung-wook from Soonchunhyang University Hospital AND Dr. Jerome Kim, Director General of the International Vaccine Institute joining us live.
Thank you both for joining us.

Dr. Kim, how do you view the recent spike of infections here in Korea?
Has the country reached a peak yet?

Professor Yoo, the government has announced today measures to secure more hospital beds to brace for more cases.
Is there a possibility that South Korea halts its getting back to normal policy and goes back to stricter distancing?

Dr. Kim, the South Korean health authorities have decided to shorten the interval for getting booster shots for people aged 60 and above because they're concerned about waning immunity.
Will this be effective?

Professor Yoo, starting from next Monday, all elementary, middle and high school students across South Korea are set to return to school.
It looks like 97 percent of schools in the capital area are set to fully open.
Any advice for safe learning at school?

Dr. Kim. You attended the 'World Emerging Security Forum' in Seoul this week on health security issues.
What were the major concerns discussed by international panelists at the forum?

Professor Yoo. Could you share with us the latest on COVID-19 pills by Pfizer and Merck?
Will these new pills be gamechangers for tackling the pandemic?

Alright. Professor Yoo and Dr. Kim, thank you both for your insights. We appreciate it.
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