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S. Korea begins administering health care workers for the disabled, seniors, veterans, flight attendants with AZ vaccine Updated: 2021-04-19 09:57:46 KST

Starting Monday, South Korea begins inoculating health care workers for the disabled, seniors and veterans,as well as flight attendants.
These groups of recipients will be administered with the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca.
But with the ongoing concerns over the AstraZeneca vaccine's link with "rare" cases of blood clotting, the rollout will be limited to those over 30 years old.
And starting next Monday,.. on April 26th, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dialysis patients will be eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine too.
This comes after the government resumed the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout last week,after partially suspending its use due to safety concerns.
Despite the country's vaccination efforts being well underway, the country is facing a fresh threat from COVID-19 variants.
Health authorities on Sunday confirmed that the country has 9 cases of the so-called "double-mutant" strain.
The variant, first detected in India,has gone through two mutations within the same virus.
Of the nine cases, two patients tested positive in March,.. while the rest were confirmed this month.
All of them have recently entered the country after visiting India.
Despite mounting concerns over the new variant, the government stressed that the virus has not YET been found to be more dangerous.

"Right now, the transmissibility and deadliness of the Indian variant has not been fully investigated,and the WHO has not identified it as a variant of concern. So, we are now closely monitoring the situation."

While studies are ongoing, some scientists worry that the new Indian variant may hurt the effectiveness of existing vaccines.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.
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