South Korea Starts COVID Booster Injection Vaccination Movement

South Korea in the near future will offer booster injections (booster) COVID to people who are at high risk of contracting the coronavirus, said PM Kim Boo-kyum, Sunday (26/9).

Kim said healthcare workers and the elderly are considered high-risk groups. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency is expected to announce plans for the booster vaccine movement on Monday.

Program booster it was triggered by a spike in COVID cases following the recent Korean national holiday, Chuseok, which is a three-day autumn harvest festival. In recent weeks, people who have not been fully vaccinated accounted for more than 85 percent of new cases, the prime minister said, quoted by The New York Times.

Another member of the Brazilian delegation to the UN General Assembly has tested positive for COVID. Pedro Guimaraes, the fourth infected person in the delegation, said Sunday he has been fully vaccinated, is asymptomatic and has been in quarantine since last Wednesday.

A job posting board for a retail store in Arlington, Virginia, August 16, 2021.

A job posting board for a retail store in Arlington, Virginia, August 16, 2021.

US retailers scramble to find workers, while the shopping season for the US holidays draws near. According to a report in the Financial Times, the shortage of people, particularly those willing to work in stores and warehouses, is “severe,” with 1.1 million retail jobs unfilled in July. The newspaper reported rising wages as one way employers are trying to lure people back to work. Some companies offer financial assistance in the form of tuition fees and membership in a fitness center.

The director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on CBS’s Face the Nation program on Sunday that children should be able to trick-or-treat at this year’s Halloween celebrations, “if we could just be outdoors.”

Rochelle Walensky also warns that because of the pandemic, “I don’t need to attend a crowded Halloween party, but I think we should be able to get our kids to do activities. trick-or-treat in small groups.”

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. (REUTERS/Tami Chappell)

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. (REUTERS/Tami Chappell)

Halloween is celebrated every year in the US on the last day of October. Children wore costumes and went to homes, asking for sweets and other treats.

Earlier this year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tweeted “You are not horses. You are not cows. Seriously, all of you. Stop it.” This tweet was directed at people taking ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug for livestock that was falsely promoted as a COVID cure.

Not everyone seems to have received the message. The Financial Times said the FDA has received 49 reported cases of poisoning and other serious reactions related to human consumption of ivermectin to treat COVID so far this year. This is double the number of cases reported throughout 2020.

At least 14 deaths were among the 49 cases, although it is not clear whether these were directly related to ivermectin use.

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center Monday (27/9) said there have been nearly 232 million cases and nearly 5 million deaths from COVID worldwide. Meanwhile more than 6 billion COVID vaccines have been administered, Johns Hopkins said. [uh/lt]

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