[Korea Now Today's Headline] 05/04/TUE
1. On Tuesday, South Korea reported 541 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases bouncing back to the 500s amid growing fears of rising cases of variant infections.
2. Health authorities announced today that another batch holding 436,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will arrive in South Korea on Wednesday.
3. Health authorities confirmed that 172 South Korean nationals have returned home from virus-hit India today on a special flight that landed at Incheon International Airport this morning.
4. During bilateral talks in London, in response to the U.S.’ review of policy on North Korea, South Korean Foreign Minister 정의용 welcomed the results to have been decided in a realistic and practical direction.
5. During a news conference in London amid the G7 meeting, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told North Korea that the diplomatic ball is in their court, saying he hopes “North Korea will take the opportunity to engage diplomatically”.
6. The G7 foreign ministerial talks opened in London on Monday, local time, with the main agenda surrounding North Korean policies including its denuclearization.
7. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is preparing to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents aged between 12 and 15 years by early next week.
8. On Monday, local time, the European Commission has put forward a proposal to expand the list of countries that the EU would allow touristic and nonessential travel to, if individuals are vaccinated.