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S. Korea on course for 70% inoculation rate by Chuseok: Authorities Updated: 2021-09-13 17:05:20 KST

1-thousand 433 new COVID-19 infections reported in South Korea on Monday.
As usual, due to less testing done over the weekend, daily cases were down from the day before by around 300.
However, Monday's cases were higher than a week earlier.
All but 24 were transmitted locally.
In a detail, 11-hundred cases, or more than 78 percent, were in the greater Seoul area.

With the Chuseok holiday to start this weekend, the health authorities have reaffimed that without a doubt first vaccine doses will have been given to 70 percent of the population before the holiday starts.
The authorities said Monday that over 64 percent of people have gotten one dose already, and more than 39 percent of people are fully vaccinated.

Officials are also projecting that when oral treatments for COVID-19 become available, they'll cost around 800 U.S. dollars.
If Korea uses these treatments, the government said that it will pay for the full cost of the drugs.
Possible options are from the pharmaceutical firms like Pfizer and Merck which are now in third phase of trials.

Meanwhile, the KDCA will announce the fourth quarter vaccination schedule this month, with specific dates for people aged 12 to 17.
If the plan gets final approval, those eligible will be getting the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only Covid shot for that age group.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.
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