[Korea Now Today's Headline] 05/31/MON
1. On Monday, South Korea reported 430 new COVID-19 cases, marking the smallest number of new daily cases in 63 days.
2. Health authorities announced today that South Korea is set to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine later this week, allowing the government to raise the target number of people receiving at least their first doses in the first half of this year to 14 million.
3. Today marks the second and final day of the P4G Seoul Summit, set to conclude with the adoption of the Seoul Declaration following the Leaders' Dialogue chaired by President 문재인.
4. On Monday, in its first response to the Moon-Biden summit, North Korea's state media criticized the U.S. for lifting restrictions on South Korean missiles, as a "stark reminder" of Washington's hostile approach towards 평양, also calling it a "shameful double-dealing".
5. Once held up as a leading example in containing the virus, Vietnam’s health ministry has now detected a new hybrid COVID-19 variant that spreads quickly by air, showing combined characteristics of the known Indian and UK variants.
6. The EU now aims to inoculate 70% of all adults in the bloc with at least one COVID-19 vaccine by mid-July, paired with the goal to launch its digital vaccination passport, dubbed “digital green certificate” on July 1.
7. On Sunday, top diplomats from Israel and Egypt held talks in Cairo to establish a more permanent ceasefire than the one Egypt helped broker on May 21 that halted the worst fighting in years between Israel and Hamas.