[Korea Now Today's Headline] 04/19/MON
1. On Monday, South Korea reported 532 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases falling to the 500s for the first time in 6 days.
2. South Korea began administering AstraZeneca vaccines today to health care workers for the disabled, seniors and veterans, as well as airline crew members aged 30 and above.
3. President 문재인 will be delivering a speech on Thursday evening, Korea time, at the first session of the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden.
4. Today, during a weekly meeting with his senior 청와대 aides, President 문재인 vowed efforts to revive the peace process on the Korean Peninsula and to address the issue of vaccines during his upcoming summit with U.S. President Joe Biden next month.
5. During a joint summit in Washington, the U.S. and Japan reaffirmed their commitment to jointly face challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, including China and nuclear-armed North Korea.
6. On Sunday, during a meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister 정의용, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry expressed strong concerns over Japan’s decision to release contaminated water into the ocean.
7. Today, the National Assembly started its three-day interpellation session on government policies, where lawmakers questioned top government officials on politics, diplomacy, security and unification on Monday.
8. In response to Myanmar’s military government leader expected to join a special ASEAN summit, the new National Unity Government emphasized the importance of the military council to not be recognised.
9. U.S. top infectious disease expertDr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday, local time, that it will likely be determined by summer or early fall whether Americans will need a third booster shot within 6 to 12 months after being fully vaccinated.