AZ백신 수송 시작…26일 첫 접종
Our top story this afternoon.
South Korea’s nationwide COVID-19 vaccination program kicks off in circa 48 hours.
The nation’s first batch is the one jointly developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.
Choi Won-jong has more details.
He is joining us from a small city in Gyeonggi-do Province.
Won-jong, tell us why you are in Icheon today.
Good morning, Mark.
Where I am standing…. is right outside one of the vaccine distribution centers in Icheon, Gyeonggi-do Province… where South Korea’s first vaccine made by UK drugmaker AstraZeneca will arrive soon.
1-point-5 million doses will arrive for nearly 750-thousand people.
They are coming from SK Bioscience,… which has a factory making the vaccine in the southeastern city of Andong .
As you can see, we are not seeing any delivery trucks yet.
According to health authorities, the trucks set off at 10 AM Korea Time… around two hours ago… and it should take roughly two hours to get from Andong to Icheon.
In order to deliver the batches safely, the delivery trucks have a police escort.
It is an interesting scene here, we’ve been seeing many police officers, firefighters, and military personnel.
However, we have yet to see any delivery trucks…but they can’t be far away.
Once the vaccines have arrived, just walk us through the nest steps.
Right, this is the first step before the first vaccinations begin on Friday.
These vaccines will be stored at this Icheon distribution center for a bit…
and will be sent to local nursing homes and hospitals nationwide from Thursday to Sunday.
Starting Friday morning, those who are either staff or residents under the age of 65 at will be getting these shots… which is more than 280-thousand people.
The AstraZeneca vaccine has to be administered twice… and the health authorities are expecting this to be completed by June
Reporting live from Icheon. Back to you, Mark.
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2021-02-24, 12:00 (KST)