[Korea Now Today's Headline] 06/17/THU
1. During talks on Wednesday local time, President 문재인 and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez of Spain agreed to elevate their bilateral relationship to a "strategic partnership.
2. President 문재인 also delivered a speech at the Spanish Senate, in which he pointed out resemblances the two countries share and hoped to open a future of prosperity together.
3. On Thursday, South Korea reported 540 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of daily new cases remaining in the 500s for a second day.
4. The KDCA announced third-quarter vaccine plans to reach its goal of vaccinating 36 million people by September, which includes people in their 50s to begin receiving their first shots in late July, and those aged between 18 and 49 in mid-August.
5. Health authorities in South Korea reiterated today that tourists vaccinated overseas will not be exempt and must still go through a two-week quarantine upon entry.
6. President 문재인 will make a video address on the first day of this year's virtual International Labour Conference, marking the first time for a Korean president to participate in the summit since the country became a member in 1991.
7. Newly appointed U.S. envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, is scheduled to make his first visit to South Korea from this Saturday to next Wednesday, during which he will visit the Unification Ministry to discuss ways to re-engage in talks with North Korea.
8. On Wednesday local time, a highly anticipated first summit meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin ended in three hours, but without having made any major breakthrough.
9. On Thursday, China successfully launched three astronauts into space on its first crewed spacecraft in nearly five years, named the Shenzhou 12.