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Over 10% of Korean population receive first vaccine
From midnight Saturday, 10.5 percent of Korea’s population, or 5,399,015 people, had received a dose of a covid-19 vaccine.
AstraZeneca vaccines were administered to 3,268,001 people, while 2,131,014 received from Pfizer.
Saturday, 4.2%, or 2,143,293 people, had been fully vaccinated.
According to the covid-19 vaccination task force, 163,457 people received their first vaccine on Saturday.
The country hit a record single-day immunization count with 657,192 on Thursday, the first day of immunization for people aged 65 to 74 began. Some 542,227 were vaccinated on the second day, Friday.
The number of vaccinations fell to 171,989 on Saturday, in part due to the closure or reduced opening hours of medical facilities on weekends.
The government plans to inoculate 13 million by the end of June and 36 million by the end of September, and achieve collective immunity by November at the latest.
New daily coronavirus cases in Korea fell back to 400 on Sunday for the first time in 20 days, although fewer tests are done over the weekend.
Country reported 480 new cases of covid-19, including 464 local infections, bringing the total number of cases to 139,910, the KDCA said.
There were six more deaths from the virus, bringing the death toll to 1,957.