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Pfizer vaccine arriving at Incheon Int'l Airport on Fri.; inoculation starts Sat. Updated: 2021-02-26 10:12:03 KST

The first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech is arriving in South Korea this Friday lunchtime.
Arirang's Jang Tae-hyun is at Incheon International Airport to tell us more about how things are going.
So, Tae-hyun, has the Pfizer vaccine arrived in South Korea?

Hi Mark, the Pfizer vaccine is scheduled to arrive in the country at 10 minutes past 12, so any moment now.
Through the COVAX facility, 117-thousand doses of the vaccine are coming.
Since people need two shots each, this batch will be enough for 58,500 people.
This batch coming through the COVAX facility is not part of the 13 million Pfizer vaccines that South Korea is buying directly from the company.
Pfizer's vaccine should be transported using cold-chain vehicles and kept in an ultra-cold storage facility to prevent it from being spoiled.
In Korea, there is such a facility in the city of Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do Province, but since the first shipment is very small, it's going straight to the hospitals rather than the storage facility.

Alright. So, what's next? Where will the vaccine head to and who will be inoculated?

Well, the Pfizer vaccine will now be transported in cold-chain trucks under police escort to five hospitals nationwide.
Starting from Saturday, medical staff who take care of COVID-19 patients will start receiving the jab.
Around 55-thousand people have agreed to be vaccinated.
So tomorrow, 300 medical workers will get the shot at the National Medical Center in Seoul.
199 staff working at that hospital and 101 from other COVID-19 treatment facilities in the capital region are the first to get the Pfizer vaccine.
That's all I have for now and I'll be back with more.
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