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S. Korea's first doses of AstraZeneca vaccines distributed to health centers and care homes nationwide Updated: 2021-02-25 10:06:39 KST

Our top story this lunchtime.
With only a day to go before the nation's COVID inoculation program begins, South Korea confirmed 396 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
There were also five more deaths.
As infections continue to tick up, authorities are readying the first batch of vaccines that have arrived at local health facilities.
For more, let's turn to our Eum Ji-young who is at one of said health centers.
Ji-young, how do preparations seem to be going on the ground?

Mark, I'm outside a health center in Suwon city, Gyeonggi-do Province.
This is where some of the first inoculations will be administered at 9AM sharp on Friday.
Around three hours ago, the country's first batch of COVID-19 vaccines developed by AstraZeneca arrived and they are being stored here, ready to be administered.
At this health center, the truck with the vaccine inside arrived under an escort by the military and police.
In front of the main gate, health center officials and guards checked the exterior of the container carrying the vaccine to see whether there were any problems during the delivery.
Shots are carefully being delivered to some 19-hundred health centers and care homes nationwide today.
They are being protected by firefighters as well as armed military personnel.
They are being transferred using cars and trucks fitted with refrigerated containers from the distribution center in Icheon, Gyeonggi-do Province.
About one.five-seven million vaccine doses, enough to inoculate 785-thousand people are to be delivered across the country.
In order for the vaccination process to begin smoothly on Friday, South Korea's health authorities are closely monitoring the situation. Take a look.

"At the health center, we have a refrigerator just for the vaccines. An auto-call function is installed so we can closely monitor the situation 24 hours a day."

Those to be vaccinated first are residents and staff at care centers and hospitals under the age of 65.
The number of eligible people who are willing to be vaccinated is about 289-thousand, including those at nursing hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, making up about 94 percent of the entire eligible population.
Those who can visit will be vaccinated at the health centers.
Medical staff will visit care centers and rehabilitation facilities where doctors are not present.
That's all I have for now, I'll have more updates in our upcoming newscasts. Back to you, Mark.
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