To speed up vaccinations, the Korean government is pushing for various incentives which include the so-called 'travel bubble' that exempts vaccinated overseas travellers from the two-week mandatory self-quarantine.
But it appears a lot more details need to be ironed out between countries for the 'travel bubble' to work successfully.
Let's now bring in Dr. Alice Tan, Internist at MizMedi Women's Hospital for some answers.
It's always great to have you with us.
A lot of confusion yesterday as one Korean lawmaker stated that Guam, a U.S. territory and a popular travel destination among Koreans, only exempts people vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccines from two-week quarantine and not those who received AZ shots. The KDCA cleared the air today, saying that the U.S. currently exempts quarantine for all of those who got vaccines approved by the WHO which includes, AZ vaccine.
How do you see the selective quarantine exemptions by countries depending on vaccine type?
The KDCA also said it's reviewing quarantine exemption for inbound travellers who received vaccines approved by the WHO and that talks are ongoing with other countries on reciprocal approval of travellers inoculated with those vaccines. What are your biggest concerns about this?
The U.S. CDC's lifting of outdoor and indoor mask guideline for fully vaccinated people is sparking confusion in the country with some experts arguing that it's too early and dangerous. What's your take on lifting mandatory mask wearing for fully vaccinated people?
How much of the U.S. population had to be vaccinated for the CDC to lift mask wearing? When could South Koreans begin to live without masks?
The education ministry is pushing for in-person classes of all grades, from kindergartens to high schools, from the fall semester. The KDCA remains a bit more cautious, saying it depends on the infection curve. What's your take?
Dr. Tan, thank you as always for your insights.