Around one.five million doses acquired from Romania will arrive at Incheon International Airport across two days: the second and the eighth of this month.
"Five-hundred-26,five-hundred doses of Pfizer will arrive on the second. The same number of Pfizer doses plus 450-thousand doses of the Moderna vaccine are set to arrive on the eighth The Pfizer shots were purchased while the Moderna doses were acquired in exchange for medical supplies that Romania needs."
The shots will be used to inoculate those in the 18 to 49 age bracket.
Korea had earlier provided Romania with test kits last year in March to mark the 60th anniversary of the two countries establishing diplomatic relations.
Despite the boost, though, some officials fear the government's goal of getting 70 percent of the country vaccinated with their first doses before the Chuseok holidays may not be met if Moderna fails to deliver its promise of six million doses by this week.
Meanwhile, Korea is currently working on its own vaccine and leading the charge is SK Bioscience, who began phase three trials on Monday.
According to health authorities, ten million out of the 90 million vaccine doses to be purchased next year will be bought from domestic developers.
This comes amid Samsung Biologics' discussions with Moderna on allowing COVID-19 vaccines manufactured at Samsung's domestic facilities to be administered in the country.
Samsung is reportedly set to start mass-producing the shots within the third quarter of this year.
They will be shipped to countries other than the U.S. after receiving approval from Moderna and passing domestic qualification tests.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.