COVID-19 vaccines are rapidly being supplied to the country.
The coronavirus vaccination task force under the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Sept. 3 said 5,421,500 vaccine doses were administered this week.
Of the six million doses pledged to Korea by the U.S. pharmaceutical company Moderna, 1,021,000 arrived on Sept. 2 at Incheon International Airport. The rest will arrive by Sept. 5.
Of the 1,503,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine that the government secured from Romania, 526,500 for the first dose arrived on Sept. 2 and the remaining 526,500 doses of Pfizer and 450,000 of Moderna will come on Sept. 8.
A combined 2,682,000 doses of Pfizer arrived on Sept. 1, while 1,192,000 of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Aug. 31 were shipped from SK Bioscience's factory in Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.
Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum on Sept. 3 told a meeting of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters at Government-Complex Seoul that the vaccination plan announced to the public will see no disruptions, adding that the nation will have a sufficient vaccine supply to achieve the government's goal of having at least 70% of the population getting their first shot before the Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) holidays from Sept. 20-22.
As of Sept. 3 at midnight, 29,644,464 people in Korea, or 57.7% of the population, had received their first dose and 16,783,832 or 32.7% were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.