For an expert's check on current covid situations and progress in vaccinations, we're joined by Dr. Alice Tan, Internist at MizMedi Women's Hospital.
It's always great to have you with us.
As the nation's vaccination campaign picks up speed the Korean Pharmaceutical Association has released 'painkiller guidelines for the public' for post-vaccination symptoms. It recommended 'acetaminophen' painkillers but said when one can't get ahold of them, 'ibuprofen' painkillers are also fine. The WHO had once recommended against the use of 'ibuprofen' painkillers citing possible interference in forming antibodies. What are your thoughts?
Moderna's Chief Commercial Officer Corrine Le Goff, in an interview with a local news outlet, said that Moderna is reviewing ways to produce mRNA vaccine substance in South Korea hinting at a possible cooperation not just in manufacturing but also in the field of research. How do you see this, and is Korea ready to produce mRNA vaccine substance?
The Seoul city government has announced that the number of cumulative new variant cases in the capital stood at 101 as of June 1 with no major spikes in figures. 57 was locally transmitted while 44 were imported. Is the threat of new variants now within a controllable range?
Authorities are now finalizing a reform of the social distancing system to simplify the levels from 5 to 4, while minimizing business and gathering bans for each level. How do you assess government's new social distancing plan?
Amid boosted vaccination rate, Korea is now expected to reach the goal of inoculating 13 million at an earlier date than the targeted date of June 30th. But third-quarter vaccination rate will be critical in reaching herd immunity by November. What are some possible obstacles?
Dr.Tan, thank you as always for your insights.