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Pres. Moon asks for stronger COVID-19 vaccine cooperation during talks with CureVac CEO Updated: 2021-06-15 14:28:08 KST

President Moon Jae-in wrapped up his state visit in Austria on Tuesday.
On his last day, President Moon had a virtual meeting with Franz-Werner Haas, the CEO of German biopharmaceutical company CureVac before visiting the Heiligenkreuz monastery.
For more on this, let's go over to our Hong Yoo who is on the line for us.
So Yoo, President Moon has been trying to enhance global cooperation to make South Korea a global vaccine production hub.
What kind of cooperation did Moon seek with CureVac?

Connyoung, President Moon Jae-in asked for stronger COVID-19 vaccine cooperation when he spoke with CureVac's CEO during their virtual meeting on Tuesday.
CureVac is currently developing vaccines based on the mRNA vaccine platform as well as second generation vaccines that are effective against coronavirus variants.
mRNA vaccine platforms have come to the fore as the next generation vaccine due to their high efficacy and rapid vaccine development potential.
Moon explained how in the G7 summit, he had come to an agreement with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to cooperate on vaccine development and production.
He emphasized how South Korea with its bio-pharmaceutical production capability is aiming to become a global vaccine production hub, to aid the world's early recovery from the pandemic.
CureVac's CEO Franz-Werner Haas showed his support for such a policy and recognized South Korea's excellence in vaccine production.
Haas said it is necessary to develop a comprehensive global network of vaccine development as there are already 29 variants of the virus.
He added that CureVac is willing to cooperate with South Korea as the country has leading pharmaceutical companies of the highest quality.
To that, President Moon asked him to prioritize South Korea when looking to expand its production to the Asia Pacific region.
The two sides are expected to continue their discussions.

Last on his schedule in Austria, President Moon visited the Cistercian Abbey Stift Heiligenkreuz.
Give us the details on that Yoo.

Connyoung, Moon visited the Stift Heiligenkreuz , located near Vienna, before leaving Austria for his state visit to Spain.
It is the second-oldest Cistercian monastery in the world and is still being used today.
The monastery was founded in 1133 by Saint Leopold the Third as house of prayer and worship.
It is open for tourists to see the major architectural styles and artistic movements from the last 900 years.
Back to you, Connyoung.
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