President Moon Jae-in will receive a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine via Getty Images on March 23 in Seoul, South Korea
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and First Lady Kim Jung-sook received the Covid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca on Tuesday, the Blue House announced.
Moon’s vaccination is in preparation for his visit to the UK for the G7 summit in June, his office said. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited South Korea, India and Australia to the summit as guests.
Another nine members of the Moon delegation were vaccinated on Tuesday at the same public clinic in Seoul.
The bigger picture: As of Tuesday, adults 65 and over will be receiving AstraZeneca vaccines nationwide, the Blue House added.
In February, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) announced that seniors would be excluded from AstraZeneca vaccines on grounds of effectiveness.
However, last week the KDCA announced that the government had decided to expand the use of AstraZeneca vaccines based on research from the UK.
More than 680,000 people in the country have been vaccinated so far, according to the KDCA.
South Korea’s Covid Cases: On Monday, South Korea reported 331 local and 15 imported cases of the coronavirus, the KDCA press release said. Greater Seoul made up 229 of the cases found.
In total, the country has registered 99,421 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began. The national coronavirus death toll stands at 1,704.