[Korea Now Today's Headline] 05/06/THU
1. On Thursday, South Korea reported 574 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases dropping below 600 due to fewer tests taken on the Children’s Day holiday.
2. Starting today, people aged between 70 and 74 can make reservations for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine program, which will begin its inoculations on the 27th of this month.
3. In a bilateral meeting between South Korean Foreign Minister 정의용 and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi, the two diplomats reaffirmed the stark difference between the countries on how they view their shared history.
4. South Korean Foreign Minister 정의용 called for the G7 countries to exert their leadership to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
5. At a floating wind farm in the city of Ulsan, today, President 문재인 laid out an ambitious goal for South Korea to become a leading country in offshore wind farming, also emphasizing the role it is expected to play in the country’s strive to become carbon neutral by 2050.
6. Today, at a ministerial meeting, Finance Minister 홍남기 vowed to enforce policies on the housing supply smoothly, saying a record 500-thousand new homes will be put on the market this year, of which residents can move into some 460-thousand units.
7. The G7 wrapped up the first in-person meeting in two years with criticism of China and Russia, but collaboratively pledged to work with the medical industry to expand the production of affordable COVID-19 vaccines.
8. The National Unity Government of Myanmar said on Wednesday, local time, that it is preparing a formal complaint with the International Criminal Court against the military junta for violation of rights and freedoms.
9. U.S. President Joe Biden expressed support for a temporary patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines around the world in order to expand vaccine production, but the pharmaceutical industry has voiced strong opposition to the idea.