UK COVID-19 Variant Detected in South Korea

South Korea confirmed the presence of VUI-202012/01, the new COVID-19 variant which originated from the UK.

South Korea confirmed the presence of VUI-202012/01, the new COVID-19 variant which originated from the UK.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said the variant was detected from three people who had entered South Korea from London last December 22.

The KDCA said patients are already quarantined while the South Korean government announced that they would accelerate their vaccination program in response to the recent cases. 

South Korea now has a total of 57,000 cases of the COVID-19 and 808 deaths since the pandemic began last March. 

The South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety announced that regulators will shorten the period required to approve COVID-19 vaccines from 180 days to as little as 40 days while distribution and sales could take as little as 20 days. 

“The government is doing all it can to advance this time frame and is also making progress,” said the presidential chief of staff Noh Young-min.

VUI-202012/01 is reportedly 70% more transmissible and has already been reported in multiple countries outside the UK. 


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