[Korea Now Today's Headline] 03/17/WED
1. On Wednesday, South Korea reported 469 new COVID-19 cases, with daily new cases back in the 400s.
2. Prime Minister 정세균 called for the review of unfair discrimination practices against recovered COVID-19 patients at workplaces and during the process of insurance application.
3. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin arrived in South Korea on Wednesday for talks with their counterparts on diplomacy with North Korea, joint efforts to revitalize the alliance between the two countries among other issues.
4. 청와대 spokesperson said that the visiting US secretaries of state and defense will pay a courtesy call on President 문재인 tomorrow afternoon, where they are expected to discuss Korean Peninsula affairs and other pending bilateral issues.
5. South Korea’s Finance Minister 홍남기 held phone talks with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen today for promoting economic and financial cooperation amid the pandemic.
6. As the 2021 annual Korea-LAC Digital Cooperation Forum launched in Seoul today, in its opening remarks, Foreign Minister 정의용 expressed hopes for expanded cooperation with Latin American countries on digital technologies.
7. The head of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), on Tuesday, claimed to remain “firmly convinced” that the benefits of the Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine outweigh its potential risks, adding that there was “no indication” of the vaccine causing the reported blood clots.
8. White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced on Tuesday, local time, that US President Joe Biden will hold his first formal news conference since taking office, on March 25th.
9. On Tuesday evening, local time, 8 people were shot to death in a series of deadly shootings in the U.S. city of Atlanta. The South Korean foreign ministry has confirmed that 4 people were of Korean descent, while the consulate is still checking to confirm their nationalities.
10. On Wednesday, the South Korean foreign ministry announced its decision to extend the special advisory against international travel for another month, until April 16th.