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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Fri, October 29, 2021 | 03:11
Gov't vaccine delivery system faces criticism
Criticism is rising over inconsistencies in the government's COVID-19 vaccine delivery system based on different types of medical facilities, under which some smaller clinics are required to transport the vaccines on their own, raising concerns that this may spoil the temperature-sensitive vaccines. Under the current system, health authorities take responsibility for deliveri...
'Abortion consultation' included in health insurance
Women are now able to receive medical consultations on abortion legally and at a reasonable price, as the medical service has been newly included in the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS), according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Monday. The health ministry announced the inclusion as a follow-up measure to a landmark ruling by the Constitutional Court in April 2...
Controversy rises over allowing online sales of prescription glasses
Controversy is growing over whether the government should allow prescription glasses, which are categorized as a medical device in Korea and thus only available for purchase at offline optical stores run by licensed opticians, to be sold online. Deep-eye, an eyewear startup company selling glasses frames online, recently requested the government's easing of regulations to all...
Gov't to conduct survey of multicultural families
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family will conduct a survey of multicultural households nationwide, hoping to reflect their diversifying needs in government policies better. The ministry announced Sunday that the triennial survey will be conducted from Aug. 2 to 31 of some 32,000 multicultural households across the country, to obtain detailed data on their economic activ...
Police launch crackdown on crimes by foreign nationals
The National Police Agency (NPA) announced a crackdown Sunday on crimes committed by foreign nationals - including possible cross-border criminal acts - that will run from August through October. Targets of the crackdown will be criminal organizations engaged in loan sharking, drug trafficking and illegal gambling, as well as illegal foreign exchange transactions.
Korea faces shortage of surgeons
In television shows and movies, surgeons are often portrayed as heroes, not only for their medical knowledge and surgery skills, which save lives, but also for their sacrifice and commitment putting patients first. But the reality is different. In Korea, the surgery department has long been one of the least popular specialties among medical students due to poor working condit...
Water for people working outdoors in scorching heat
Bottles of cold water are offered by a local volunteer group in front of Jin District Office in Busan, Wednesday, to people working outdoors in the hot weather, such as delivery workers, street cleaners and postal workers. Yonhap
Ruling party leader meets Australian envoy
Rep. Song Young-gil, left, chief of the liberal ruling Democratic Party of Korea, bumps fists with Australian Ambassador to Korea Catherine Raper, who is the granddaughter of a Korean War veteran, during a meeting held at the National Assembly, Wednesday. They discussed cooperation between the two nations on renewable energy. Yonhap
Vaccination plan faces uncertainties due to Moderna supply issue
The government's COVID-19 vaccination plan is facing uncertainties due to supply issues involving products from Moderna, with which the country has signed a contract to receive 40 million doses, enough for 20 million people. Korea has so far received 1.15 million doses from the U.S. pharmaceutical company, with the remainder set to arrive in the latter half of the year. The g...
Extension after extension - government's antivirus measures losing trust
People here are losing trust in the government's COVID-19 responses, as its social distancing measures, despite ...
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