Could this be a light at the end of the tunnel?
The South Korean government on Monday announced that its first round of vaccines will be administered to up to 36 million people.
"Regarding the COVID-19 vaccine recipients, the government plans to thoroughly examine and discuss who will be the first to receive the vaccines and then sequentially vaccinate rest of the public."
The first to receive the vaccines when rollouts begin in February include healthcare workers, senior citizens, public servants including the police and firefighters, and prison workers and inmates.
The government is also looking to acquire more doses of the domestically produced AstraZeneca vaccine as domestically-made vaccines are relatively easier to acquire and receive approval from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.
This comes as, South Korea on Monday reported 451 new cases of COVID-19, the first time in over a month that the country has recorded fewer than 500 cases.
Monday's daily cases were less than half the amount seen just a week ago.
"The recent trend of COVID-19 infections in Korea has been slowly declining, but risk factors still exist."
After analyzing 42-thousand COVID-19 cases that occurred in the last 3 months, officials found out which behaviors and environments contributed the most to the outbreak.
The most risky activities included eating food in cafes or restaurants and not donning a mask in gyms.
Officials warn people to minimize the time they spend in crowded places and to avoid taking off their mask.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News