[Korea Now Today's Headline] 05/21/FRI
1. On Friday, South Korea reported 561 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases falling in the 500s for the first time in 3 days.
2. Prime Minister 김부겸 said today that the current social distancing measures will be extended for another three weeks, including the ban on private gatherings of 5 or more people.
3. On Friday, South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety granted approval for the use of the two-dose Moderna vaccine, marking the country’s fourth COVID-19 vaccine.
4. President 문재인 reaffirmed Seoul’s commitment to a stronger alliance with Washington during a meeting with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other congressional leaders on Thursday local time.
5. President 문재인’s one-on-one talks with U.S. President Joe Biden will be held on Friday morning, local time, as the two sides have an agenda that includes topics on COVID-19 vaccine cooperation, North Korea, and abolishing the guidelines on Seoul’s missile use.
6. After 11 days of fighting, Israel and Hamas have agreed to a ceasefire, mediated by Egypt, as it took hold on Friday after the worst violence in years.
7. On Thursday local time, U.S. President Joe Biden signed into law the anti-Asian hate crimes act, enabling expedited federal government investigation into hate crimes targeting Asian and Pacific Islander communities.