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S. Korea sprints ahead in vaccination rates, now reaching over 25% Updated: 2021-06-16 05:59:54 KST

Slow out of the blocks, but now sprinting ahead.
South Korea was late to start in the race for COVID-19 vaccines with the country two months behind the U.S. and many other European nations at the start of rollouts.
Even in Asia, South Korea lagged behind countries like Japan and India.
But now, South Korea is outpacing much of the world in vaccination rates.
South Korean health authorities reported that by Tuesday afternoon, more than 13 million people had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines.

"Today as of 2:30 p.m., the number of people who have received the first round of vaccinations has surpassed 13 million. So one out of four people have gotten at least one dose.

On the back of Tuesday's inoculations, South Korea surpassed the twenty-five percent mark two weeks earlier than planned.
And with 650-thousand additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine due to arrive in the country on Wednesday, health authorities say that the vaccination rates won't be hampered by a shortage of doses.
The country kicked off its vaccine rollout on February 26th at a slow and steady pace, with the country taking three months to reach its first 4 million vaccinations less than 8 percent of the county's population.
But inoculations seriously began to pick up pace on May 27th, when the country starting inoculations for ages 65 to 74.
To ramp up vaccinations, the country entrusted more than 12 thousand medical institutions to temporarily administer Covid-19 vaccines.
Also to efficiently distribute the leftover vaccines, the South Korean government started receiving online reservations from outside the age group by using popular online platforms like Kakao and Naver.
Within 15 days, country's vaccination rate hit 20 percent.
As of June 15th, the country still falls below many European and North American countries in terms of the percentage of the population vaccinated, with more than half of Canada, the U.S., and the UK's population having received at least one jab.
But at the rate it's going, South Korean health authorities expect to arrive at herd immunity earlier than their original plan of the end of November.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News
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