South Korea's virus cases surge

The South Korean government is facing mounting public pressure over its COVID-19 vaccine procurement plans
It comes as the country struggled to contain a third wave of the pandemic and reported its second highest daily caseload.
Domestic media have labeled the government's approach to securing newly developed COVID-19 vaccines as too relaxed and overly dependent on locally produced footage, which will take more time than overseas options.
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According to a survey, six in ten South Koreans believe the urgency of COVID-19 vaccines should take priority over safety - and that vaccinations should start as soon as possible.
South Korea had 1,092 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the national number to 52,550.
Health officials expressed concern about the public's perception of the vaccination program as a global competition and instead emphasized the need to confirm the safety of the shots.
Meanwhile, the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines for U.S. military personnel stationed in the country will arrive as early as Thursday, a source familiar with the plan told Reuters.
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- COVID 19 vaccine procurement plans. It comes as the country struggled to contain a third wave of the pandemic and reported its second highest daily caseload. Domestic media have labeled the government's approach to securing newly developed COVID-19 vaccines as too relaxed and overly dependent on locally produced footage, which will take more time than overseas options.
According to a survey, 6 in 10 South Koreans believe that the urgency of COVID-19 vaccines should take precedence over safety and that vaccination should start as soon as possible. South Korea had 1,092 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the national number to 52,550.
Health officials expressed concern about the public's perception of the vaccination program as a global competition and instead emphasized the need to confirm the safety of the shots. Meanwhile, the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines for U.S. military personnel stationed in the country will arrive as early as Thursday, a source familiar with the plan told Reuters.

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