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S Korea on course to vaccinate 14 million by end-June

10/06/2021 01:08 PM

SEOUL, June 10 -- South Korea has inoculated over 10 million people amid its accelerating vaccination drive, making the country's goal to get about 14 million vaccinated by the end of this month attainable. 

A total of 10.06 million people had received their first shots of COVID-19 vaccines as of 11 am accounting for 19.6 per cent of the country's population, since the country started its vaccination programme on Feb 26, Yonhap news agency reported according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

The country aims to vaccinate up to 14 million people by the end of this month, a quarter of its 51.2 million population, and up to 36 million people by September.

The nation aims to achieve herd immunity in November but hopes to reach its goal earlier than expected with the increased vaccine rollout.

The country was able to breach the 1 million mark on April 5, and the inoculation drive has sped up recently as the country began inoculating seniors aged 60-64.

On Thursday, the country reported 611 more COVID-19 cases, including 594 local infections, raising the total caseload to 146,303.

Daily virus cases stayed in the 400s on Monday and Tuesday due to fewer tests over the weekend but spiked to the 600 range Wednesday.




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