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835,000 AstraZeneca doses to arrive in S. Korea; vaccinations to gather pace Updated: 2021-05-13 13:21:10 KST

A batch of 835-thousand doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine acquired from the COVAX facility are scheduled to arrive at Incheon International Airport at 7 PM on Thursday
South Korean officials are hoping the extra batch, in addition to Wednesday's Pfizer shipment, will speed up the nation's vaccine rollout which has been lagging in recent days.
Fewer than 5-thousand people received their first doses of the vaccine on Wednesday.
But the rollout should start to pick up as the distribution of the next batch of AstraZeneca vaccines from the SK Bioscience factory in Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province will begin on Friday.
In the coming weeks, South Korea will be giving the AstraZeneca vaccine to almost nine million seniors.
For those aged 65 to 74, that starts on May 27th, and for people aged 60 to 64 from June 7th.
Reservations begin on Thursday for those aged 60 to 64, along with preschool teachers and elementary school staff who teach first and second graders.
More than three.seven million people in South Korea have now received their first dose that's about 7.2 percent of the population.
A little over 2 million of those have received the AstraZeneca vaccine, and around one.seven million had the shot from Pfizer.
Just under 750-thousand people have received their second dose.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety will announce on Thursday afternoon the results of the second phase of an independent evaluation for authorizing the Moderna vaccine.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.
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