[Korea Now Today's Headline] 07/28/WED
1. South Korea's daily COVID-19 tally hits an all-time high on Wednesday. With 1-thousand-896 new cases, concerns are mounting as regions outside Seoul are seeing a rise in cluster infections.
2. COVID-19 vaccinations for teachers of 3rd grade of elementary schools to 3rd grade of middle schools, as well as child welfare and care facilities workers has begun today. They are getting Pfizer vaccines.
3. Health authorities announced today that the supply of Moderna vaccines will be normalized from next week. The government said those in their 50s will receive shots as previously planned and it aims to inoculate people aged 18 to 49 by September.
4. Following the reopening of cross-border communication lines on Tuesday, the two Koreas held test calls this morning, and agreed to resume their regular phone calls twice a day.
5. The United States has welcomed resumption of dialogue between the two Koreas. White House policy coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, Kurt Campbell, said the U.S. is supportive of Seoul's dialogue and communication with the North.
6. North Korean leader 김정은 gave a speech Tuesday at an event for war veterans, but unlike last year, there was no mentioning of "self-defensive nuclear deterrence."
7. The U.S CDC revised its mask guidance Tuesday local time, recommending even fully-vaccinated Americans wear masks indoors.