The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine arrived for U.S. troops in South Korea

A Boeing 777-200F of the American delivery company FedEx Corp., which was transporting the American biotechnology company Moderna against the COVID-19 vaccine, will land at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on December 25, 2020 (Yonhap)

A Boeing 777-200F of the American delivery company FedEx Corp., which was transporting the American biotechnology company Moderna against the COVID-19 vaccine, will land at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on December 25, 2020 (Yonhap)

SEOUL, December 25 (Korea Bizwire)The first shipment of the American biotechnology company Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for American troops arrived in South Korea on Friday.

It is the first coronavirus vaccine to be introduced into the country.

The cargo plane of the American delivery company FedEx Corp. carrying the vaccine landed at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, from Memphis around 12:54 p.m., according to airport officials.

The consignment, believed to be 1,000 doses of the vaccine, was transported to Allgood Army Community Hospital inside Camp Humphreys, a U.S. military headquarters located about 70 miles south of Seoul.

General Robert Abrams, Commander of the U.S. Forces of Korea, he said on Wednesday that his order would begin to receive and administer the Modern COVID-19 vaccine “over the next few days,” and the initial inoculations would go to the ranks of health workers and those who respond first.

The U.S. Department of Defense said earlier that the Allgood Army Community Hospital in South Korea would be one of four places outside the continental United States to receive the initial vaccine.

The United States has deployed about 28,000 troops in South Korea to deter North Korean aggression, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in a truce rather than a peace agreement.

(Yonhap)


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