South Korea on Wednesday launched a special COVID-19 transition committee aimed at finding ways to start to get things back to normal by November.
The committee was made up of 40 figures from the public and private sectors
co-chaired by Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum and Professor Choe Jae-chun from Ewha Womans University, and joined by cabinet-level officials from different ministries and experts in various fields.
During their first-ever meeting early on Wednesday morning, the committee covered a range of topicsfrom the economy, education, culture and healthcare to the COVID-19 situation that is affecting different regions.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Prime Minister said the country's high vaccination rate has created the necessary conditions for a gradual return to normal life.
As of Tuesday, Korea has fully vaccinated more than 60 percent of its population.
"Now that the country has secured strong disease prevention measures and high vaccination rates, we are ready to steadily return to life as normal. But as we've said numerous times this does not mean taking masks off right away."
The Prime Minister emphasized that a gradual, inclusive approach which includes all civilians is key to the new COVID-19 strategy set to start from November 9th.
This includes the possibility of launching vaccine passes a certificate that fully vaccinated people can use to access certain venues and services.
The new committee is expected to engage in monthly meetings.
Their first assignment will be providing a specific roadmap by the end of this month. That roadmap will be announced to the public by early November.
Shin Ye-eun, Arirang News.