SEOUL: South Korea’s ruling party has called for the country to buy millions of additional COVID-19 vaccine doses after a spike in infection numbers raised concerns about the government’s existing plans. South Korea already plans to secure enough doses to vaccinate 30 million people, or about 60 per cent of the population, but Democratic Party lawmakers said they would appropriate funds to buy doses for at least 44 million people. “The party plans to allocate an additional 1.3 trillion won (US$1.2 billion) to next year’s budget,” an official with Democratic Party lawmaker Lee Nak-yon’s office told Reuters. South Korea is battling one of its largest waves of coronavirus infections yet, fuelled by small outbreaks in the densely populated capital city of Seoul and surrounding areas. READ: South Korea bans year-end parties, some music lessons, as COVID-19 spikes again The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 438 new coronavirus cases as of midnight on Sunday (Nov 29), bringing the country’s total to 34,201 cases and 526 deaths. The government’s current vaccine purchase plan puts it well ahead of a World Health Organization (WHO) goal for the early purchase of supplies for 20 per cent of most vulnerable people, and the minimum… Read full this story
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