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- South Korea will begin administering the first of 117,000 doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine on Feb 27, a day after the country begins its first vaccinations with AstraZeneca’s products, the prime minister announced on Sunday (Feb 21).
- Plans call for about 10 million high-risk people, including healthcare workers and staffers and some residents of assisted care facilities and nursing homes, to be inoculated by July.
- The first AstraZeneca vaccines are scheduled to be administered on Friday, with Pfizer’s shots being deployed the next day, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said in remarks reported by Yonhap news agency.
- “On Feb 26, 117,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines will arrive in the country and the vaccines will be administered to medical staff treating coronavirus patients starting on Feb 27,” Chung told a government meeting, according to Yonhap.
- The authorities have said they will not use AstraZeneca vaccine on people aged 65 and older until more efficacy data becomes available, reversing an earlier decision.
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