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Fri, October 29, 2021 | 03:17
Public irked by government's flip-flopping on AstraZeneca vaccines
The government's recent decision to revise the age limit on AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine as a measure to effectively use leftover doses has deepened public distrust about the nationwide vaccination drive. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said Friday that people aged 30 and above are now allowed to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, a change from its prev...
Blood donation campaign
Lee Pil-soo, head of the Korea Medical Association, donates blood in a Korea Red Cross blood donation bus located in front of the association's office in Yongsan District, Seoul, Wednesday. The donation campaign aims to tackle the blood shortage in hospitals following a decreasing number of people donating blood amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Yonhap
Celebrating K-ETA launch
Justice Minister Park Beom-gye, right, attends an unveiling event for the signboard of the Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) Center at Gimpo International Airport, Wednesday. The justice ministry will launch K-ETA, an entry system for people from countries that are eligible to enter Korea without a visa, in September, following a pilot program that started in May....
Experts see no peak in Korea's COVID-19 infection numbers
The COVID-19 pandemic is spiraling out of control in Korea with daily confirmed cases for Tuesday reaching an all-time high of over 2,000. Medical experts also believe that this current fourth wave of infections, which is proving tougher to curb than previous ones, has not even reached its peak. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 2,223 daily new i...
Supply problems seriously disrupt vaccination schedule
The delay in the shipment of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines has disrupted the government's vaccination plan, leading to confusion among people who had their inoculation appointments abruptly rescheduled. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said Monday that the U.S.-based pharmaceutical company has more than halved the 8.5 million doses it had planned to deliver ...
Taxi driver training course
Lee Jun-seok, center, chairperson of the conservative main opposition People Power Party, heads to an education center run by the Korea Transportation Safety Authority in Sangju, North Gyeongsang Province, Monday, the first day of his summer holiday, to attend a training course to become an owner-driver cabbie. He obtained a license to drive a taxi for a taxi company in 2019 ...
Foreign workers have higher risk of occupational accidents
A 24-year-old Uzbek worker at a waste disposal company in Pocheon, Gyeonggi Province, died after getting stuck in a shredding machine, July 29. In the same month, a 33-year-old Sri Lankan worker at a plastics manufacturing factory in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province, was found dead after he was caught in a compressor. These two are among the many tragic deaths of workers of foreig...
Subway unions in 6 cities consider joint strike
Subway unions across the country are threatening to go on a general strike in solidarity with the Seoul union in protest against a proposed restructuring plan by the subway operator of the capital in response to rising deficits, which includes employee layoffs and a wage freeze. Members of the unions in the country's six major cities of Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, Incheon a...
Korea to invest $1.9 bil. to become global vaccine hub
Korea aims to become one of the top five countries in vaccine production, with President Moon Jae-in vowing full support for establishing a global vaccine hub and domestic development of vaccines, which will thus contribute to a stable global supply of COVID-19 vaccines. The Moon administration announced Thursday it would invest 2.2 trillion won ($1.9 billion) over the next f...
Experts call for preemptive measures against Delta plus variant
Medical experts here are calling on the government to take preemptive measures against the possible spread of the COVID-19 Delta plus variant, as they view that downplaying its threat may pose a serious risk to the country's efforts to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported Tuesday that it had identified the first tw...
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