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Pres. Moon believes S. Korea will achieve faster herd immunity formation than other nations

/ 12:30 PM January 18, 2021
South Korea president moon Jae-in

President Moon Jae-in speaks during a New Year’s press conference at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Monday. Yonhap via The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

SEOUL — President Moon Jae-in forecast Monday that South Korea will be able to achieve the formation of collective herd immunity against the new coronavirus faster than other countries under the government’s inoculation program.

“South Korea will definitely not lag behind (in achieving herd immunity), but rather will be able to achieve it much faster compared to other nations when considering the inoculation period and the time frame in achieving herd immunity,” Moon said during a New Year’s press conference held at Cheong Wa Dae.


Moon said he predicts the country will achieve complete herd immunity no later than late November.

“By beginning from February, we plan to complete preliminary vaccinations by September. I believe we will be able to reach a general level of herd immunity by then,” Moon said.


The president said the secondary phase of national inoculation, centered around those who hadn’t had the chance to be vaccinated, will be carried out in the fourth quarter.

Moon also cautiously projected that the government’s inoculation time schedule could be sped up if shipments from the World Health Organization’s global vaccine project, known as COVAX, arrive earlier than expected.

“There is a possibility that the shipments from COVAX could arrive the earliest. I’ve been briefed that the vaccine shipment inoculation period could be sped up if that is the case,” Moon said. (Yonhap)

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