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S. Korea to receive 430,000 more Pfizer doses on Wednesday Updated: 2021-05-04 16:45:03 KST

There have been concerns that South Korea's vaccine supply is running low, but the
authorites say 430-thousand doses from Pfizer will be arriving on Wednesday.
After this shipment, South Korea will have received more than 2.4 million doses from the company out of the 66 million agreed to under their deals.

"With this, 2.4 million Pfizer doses will have arrived out of the 7 million we are due to receive in the first half. The other 4.6 million will come in weekly batches."

Currently, the Pfizer shots are administered to seniors 75 and older and in June, the plan is to give them to 640-thousand essential workers and military personnel younger than 30.
As for the AstraZeneca vaccine, new doses are due to start coming in again from May 14th, and will be rolled out the very next day to people who need second doses.

"AstraZeneca requires a second dose 11 to 12 weeks after the first one. People who have received their first dose on February 26th will get the second one between May 14th and the 21st. We expect around 570-thousand people to get their second dose in May."

There are around 350-thousand AstraZeneca doses left in the country, and any that remain by mid-May will be used for second doses as well.
In total, through the first week of June, nearly 9 million doses of AstraZeneca are due to arrive in South Korea, imported both directly from the makers and the COVAX facility.
As for vaccination progress overall, as of Tuesday midnight, South Korea has administered more than 3.5 million first doses.
That accounts for 6.8 percent of the whole population.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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