[Korea Now Today's Headline] 08/05/THU
1. At the Global Vaccine Hub Promotion Committee today, President 문재인 said that the government will foster the vaccine sector as a new growth engine by putting 2.2 trillion won in 5 years.
2. South Korea reported 1-thousand-776 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with the number of cases in non-capital areas rapidly increasing.
3. The Health Authorities announced today that the South Korean government expects 70 percent of the population to complete COVID-19 vaccinations by late October to early November.
4. The presidential committee on carbon neutrality announced Thursday the three policy road maps to achieve the goal of eliminating South Korea's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, subject for deliberation by experts and stakeholders until later this year.
5. Citing global vaccine inequity, the head of the World Health Organization on Wednesday called on wealthy nations to halt the distribution of COVID-19 booster shots, until at least the end of September. However, the U.S. immediately took a negative stance.
6. A senior U.S. official has spoken with Myanmar's exiled shadow government on Wednesday, to discuss ways to restore democracy in Myanmar. The talks were the first since the military junta ousted the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
7. The South Korean women's volleyball team made it to the final four at the Tokyo Olympics, soon to face off against Brazil, while the baseball team will play its second semi-final match against the United States today.