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Pfizer requests South Korea approval of COVID-19 vaccines forward of February rollout

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SEOUL: Drugmaker Pfizer has filed an utility in search of approval of its COVID-19 vaccines for use in South Korea because the nation gears as much as start inoculations subsequent month, authorities stated on Monday (Jan 25).

The Ministry of Meals and Drug Security stated it goals to achieve a call inside 40 days after reducing its earlier deliberation interval of as much as 180 days to fast-track the approval and pace up the vaccination course of.

“Pfizer submitted the request at the moment for its vaccines produced in Belgium,” the ministry stated in a press release.

“We are going to totally assessment their security and effectiveness in cooperation with skilled examiners and out of doors consultants in order that our folks can entry protected and efficient COVID-19 vaccines.”

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South Korea has stated its first batch of vaccines consisting of 100,000 doses of Pfizer merchandise for 50,000 folks may arrive earlier than the Chinese language New Yr holidays, which start on Feb 11, through world distribution scheme COVAX.

Authorities have began organising vaccination centres, designating about 250 indoor gyms and theatres nationwide, with the aim of vaccinating as much as 70 per cent of its 52 million inhabitants till September.

The nation has secured 106 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, and can be in talks to purchase 40 million doses of merchandise from Novavax.

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