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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Sun, August 14, 2022 | 13:38
A closer look inside Korea's vaccine training center
Songdo, INCHEON ― The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of having a local manufacturing infrastructure for medical equipment and vaccines moving forward, and scientists have raised concerns about the increasing threat of new zoonotic diseases emerging amid continuing climate change and urbanization.
Korea steps up COVID-19 measures amid surging sixth wave
The government decided Wednesday to secure an additional 4,000 hospital beds, as well as increase the number of testing centers and the distribution of self-testing kits amid the resurgence of new COVID-19 infections caused by the fast-spreading BA.5 Omicron subvariant. Some health experts, however, are urging the government to reintroduce social distancing measures at least ...
Study finds correlation between pandemic-induced socio-economic difficulties and suicide
One in five people who died by suicide since 2020 had suffered exacerbated socio-economic difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a government report, Tuesday. The Ministry of Health and Welfare disclosed the results of psychological autopsies compiled between 2015 and 2021 through joint research conducted with the Korea Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Gov't reduces financial support for COVID-19 patients amid explosive spike in cases
The government's recent decision to reduce financial support for COVID-19 patients has drawn criticism from civic groups and medical experts, who expressed concerns that many cases could go undetected as people skip getting tested. As Korea continues to grapple with a new wave of infections led by the BA.5 subvariant of Omicron, the country reported 73,582 new infections for ...
Experts call for qualified courtroom interpreters as foreign population grows
“All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.” This is a generally accepted belief as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as drafted by the United Nations. And yet, in Korea there is still debate over whether foreign nationals are subjects of fundamental rights under the nation's Constitution. One area...
21 dogs rescued from slaughter ahead of 'Boknal'
Summer is the cruelest season for farmed dogs in Korea as it is the time when dog meat soup, “bosintang,” is traditionally eaten - based on the long-held yet polarizing view that the meat of “man's best friend” is good for the “stamina” of those who consume it. The practice of eating dog meat, particularly on “Boknal,” the three hottest days of summer, is still observed to th...
Korea ranks near bottom of annual gender equality index
Korea still has a long way to go to achieving gender equality, especially in terms of guaranteeing equal access for women in economic participation and employment opportunities, according to a recent report released by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The country ranked 99th out of 146 countries covered in the gender gap rankings this year in the annual Global Gender Gap Repor...
Yoon's 'scientific' quarantine policy put to test amid COVID-19 resurgence
The government on Wednesday announced a set of quarantine measures in an effort to respond to the resurgence of infections driven by the highly contagious BA.5 subvariant of Omicron, which is soon expected to become the dominant strain here. These were the first pandemic-related measures introduced by the Yoon Suk-yeol administration, which has vowed to carry out quarantine p...
Proposed law on assisted dying reignites euthanasia row
Debates on euthanasia, the deliberate ending of a person's life to relieve suffering, have been reignited in Korea due to a proposed law that would offer certain patients with terminal illnesses an end-of-life option.
4th dose of current vaccine unlikely to prevent BA.5 wave: experts
The government is considering whether to lower the age limit of a fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot, which is currently only offered to people aged 60 or more, as Korea grapples with a resurgence of infections led by the BA.5 subvariant of Omicron. After health authorities offered second booster shots to the elderly and other vulnerable groups in mid-April, the inoculation rate st...
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