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S. Korea completes first dose COVID-19 vaccination of over 380,000 people Updated: 2021-03-09 13:52:12 KST

A milestone reached.
Over 50 percent of priority recipients in South Korea for February and March have received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported Tuesday that 64,111 people have been newly vaccinated.
This raises the total to 383,346, or point-7-3 percent of the entire population.
Close to 380-thousand people have received the AstraZeneca vaccine, just over 62-hundred Pfizer's.
The prime minister said the government will continue to thoroughly monitor any adverse reactions and transparently disclose the results of their research on any further deaths after vaccination.
However, so far, the authorities have not found any link between the shots and the deaths.

"We've judged for now that no causality can be drawn between the deaths and the vaccinations. They were likely because of underlying conditions."

Meanwhile, with cluster infections springing up nationwide, the country reported 446 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.
All but 19 were locally transmitted with Seoul and the surrounding area accounting for close to 300 of them.
With the current social distancing guidelines expiring on Sunday, officials will announce adjustments on Friday.

"Keeping a close eye on this week's spread, the government will gather the opinions of experts and come up with a revised scheme that can prevent a potential fourth wave."

South Korea's total COVID-19 caseload now stands at over 93-thousand.
The virus killed three more people, raising the death toll to one,645.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.
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