Coronavirus: 799,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine arrived

Seoul, July 14 (Yonhap) — A 799,000-dose batch of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine from Pfizer Inc. arrived at Incheon International Airport this morning aboard a cargo plane.

It is one of 66 million doses (for 33 million people) that the government has acquired through a direct contract with a US pharmaceutical company. So far, 8.428 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been given to South Korea, including today.

The vaccines that have just arrived will be used to vaccinate class 12 students as well as teachers and high school staff from July 19.

They will also be administered to teachers and staff of colleges and primary schools from classes III to VI. The vaccination of these people will start from July 28.

A total of 2,127,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were distributed to South Korea this month, following a swap agreement with Israel, with 701,000 doses of the vaccine that arrived in the country last week.

By the end of July, about 10 million additional doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are expected in the country.

South Korea has secured enough vaccines to vaccinate 100 million people through the Kovax project and through contracts with five foreign pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Moderna and Novavax.

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