Israel, South Korea agree COVID-19 vaccine swap – Reuters

A vial of the Pfizer vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is viewed as medical staff are immunized at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel December 19, 2020. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File PhotoJERUSALEM/SEOUL, July 6 (Reuters) – Israel will deliver about 700,000 expiring dosages of Pfizer-BioNTechs (PFE.N) coronavirus vaccine to South Korea later on this month, and South Korea will offer Israel back the very same number, currently on order from Pfizer, in September and October.South Korea has rapidly dispersed the COVID-19 vaccines it has, but has had a hard time to acquire adequate dosages in a prompt manner amidst tight worldwide supplies, especially in Asia.”This is a win-win deal,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stated in a statement announcing the deal on Tuesday. “Together we will beat the pandemic.”After a stellar roll-out, Israel has actually administered both shots to around 55% of its population and seen turnout plateau.Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) Director Jeong Eun-kyeong stated the offer will permit South Korea to accelerate its vaccination strategies, consisting of providing shots to employees in some sectors that have a high quantity of contact with other people.Local authorities will choose who gets the vaccines, however she stated some possible examples may consist of street cleaners, shipment workers, and retail employees.South Korean authorities stated recently they are wishing to attain herd immunity earlier than the present November target by inoculating at least 70% of the population with a minimum of one vaccine dosage, primarily mRNA ones such as Pfizers. Jeong stated if the vaccination drive goes according to strategy and South Korea finds itself with surplus dosages later on in the year after sending out back the agreed doses to Israel, it too will want to share its stockpile with other countries.South Korea has actually been battling persistent little outbreaks, triggering officials to delay some easing of social distancing rules. The KDCA reported 746 more COVID-19 cases since midnight Monday, raising the nations overall to 161,541, consisting of 2,032 overall deaths.Reporting by Josh Smith and Dan Williams; Editing by Kim Coghill & & Simon Cameron-MooreOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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