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Vaccine pass at large retailers criticized for lacking scientific grounds
Criticism is mounting over the COVID-19 vaccine pass mandate for large supermarkets, discount outlets and department stores, which came into effect from Monday, with critics calling on the government to justify the scientific grounds for implementing the new measure. The vaccine pass system, which requires either proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result to be presen...
Korea set to approve Novavax COVID-19 vaccine by this month
The Korean drug regulator is set to approve the use of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. drugmaker Novavax this month, making it the fifth vaccine to be used in the country. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said Friday that the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, which is currently reviewing Novavax's Nuvaxovid, is expected to give the green light by th...
Ongoing vaccine pass confusion may hamper booster shot rollout
Ongoing legal complaints over the COVID-19 vaccine pass system are feared to be hampering the government's booster shot rollout, which may cause setbacks in its quarantine strategies amid the increasing spread of the Omicron variant.
Assembly speaker's New Year press conference
National Assembly Speaker Park Byeong-seug speaks during a New Year press conference held virtually at the National Assembly, Thursday. Park said it may be worth reviewing the ruling Democratic Party of Korea's plan to limit lawmakers from serving more than three terms in the same constituency, considering the fact that rookie politicians have a small chance of becoming Assem...
Rights watchdog calls for improvement in investigative bodies' phone log surveillance
The nation's human rights watchdog has called on investigative bodies to improve their phone log examination systems, expressing concerns about recent controversies surrounding the alleged surveillance activities of a state-run anti-corruption agency. Song Doo-hwan, the chief of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK), issued a statement, Thursday, urging the go...
Leading presidential candidates offer differing healthcare pledges
With about 60 days left until the March 9 presidential election, the campaign pledges on healthcare and pandemic response measures introduced by the leading candidates are drawing significant attention, as the country enters its third year of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the two major presidential candidates - Lee Jae-myung of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) and Yo...
[INTERVIEW] Universal basic income unnecessary for Korea in long term: Nobel-winning economist
The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated inequality in many countries, and Korea is no exception. Nearly two years into the pandemic, the country is seeing deepening polarization in various areas of society, including education, employment, access to healthcare and housing.
Visually impaired people struggling with QR code-based vaccine pass apps
Since the implementation of the vaccine pass system in early December, Hyun Dae-ok, a Gyeonggi Province resident in his 60s, has to ask for help every time he visits a cafe or restaurant.
Over 70% of workers negatively assess gov't youth policies
Youth policies carried out by the Moon Jae-in administration seem to have fallen short of public expectations, according to survey results released Monday. According to the survey conducted in December on 1,000 workers aged between 20 and 60 by Gapjil 119, a pro-labor civic group, and the Public Workers Solidarity Foundation, 73.7 percent gave negative assessments about the g...
Korea ups efforts to attract foreign workers
The Korean government will step up efforts to attract more skilled foreign nationals this year by improving its visa system for job seekers who have obtained an advanced degree in the country. The Ministry of Justice recently introduced a set of more open and inclusive immigration policies aimed at increasing the number of foreign workers in order to maintain national growth ...
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