S.Korea says Moderna reports 'production issue' as vaccination widens to 50s

(Updates with Moderna production issue)

By Sangmi Cha and Hyonhee Shin

SEOUL, July 26 (Reuters) - South Korea said on Monday it has been informed by Moderna MRNA.O of an unspecified production issue involving its COVID-19 vaccine, as the country expands its inoculation campaign for people aged 55-59 amid a fourth wave of infections.

It was not immediately clear what the production issue is, how much and long shipment will be impacted and whether other countries will be also affected by the problem.

Moderna did not immediately reply to a Reuters' request for comment.

"Moderna has informed that it has a production issue," health official Park Jin-young told a briefing, adding that consultations are being held to figure out details.

"We're mobilising all available administrative and diplomatic capabilities to establish facts and devise countermeasures," Park said.

South Korea has been struggling to turbocharge its immunisation drive amid supply shortages and shipment delays, with about 33% of its 52 million population having received at least one dose and 13% fully vaccinated.

About 6.17 million people, or 84% of those in their 50s, have signed up for this week's vaccinations, and authorities had already switched to Pfizer PFE.N /BioNTech's 22UAy.DE products from Moderna for some people in the group because of shipment delays.

But the production issue would not affect the total shipment volume planned for this month, Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) director Jeong Eun-kyeong said, without providing specific numbers.

South Korea has a contract for 40 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, of which about 1.1 million have arrived so far.

The vaccine rollout for people in their upper 50s had sputtered to a week-long halt this month after a record high number of new cases sparked a rush for shots, exhausting available supplies and crashing an official reservation website. .

Mass testing and tracing have helped the country suffer lower COVID-19 death rates than other developed countries so far without a full lockdown, but the new wave of infections prompted the government on Sunday to tighten social distancing rules across most of the country this week to head off transmission in the summer holidays.

The KDCA reported 1,318 new coronavirus cases for Sunday, bringing total infections to 190,166, with 2,077 deaths.
Reporting by Sangmi Cha and Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Gerry Doyle and Louise Heavens

免責聲明: XM Group提供線上交易平台的登入和執行服務,允許個人查看和/或使用網站所提供的內容,但不進行任何更改或擴展其服務和訪問權限,並受以下條款與條例約束:(i)條款與條例;(ii)風險提示;(iii)完全免責聲明。網站內部所提供的所有資訊,僅限於一般資訊用途。請注意,我們所有的線上交易平台內容並不構成,也不被視為進入金融市場交易的邀約或邀請 。金融市場交易會對您的投資帶來重大風險。


本網站的所有XM和第三方所提供的内容,包括意見、新聞、研究、分析、價格其他資訊和第三方網站鏈接,皆爲‘按原狀’,並作爲一般市場評論所提供,而非投資建議。請理解和接受,所有被歸類為投資研究範圍的相關内容,並非爲了促進投資研究獨立性,而根據法律要求所編寫,而是被視爲符合營銷傳播相關法律與法規所編寫的内容。請確保您已詳讀並完全理解我們的非獨立投資研究提示和風險提示資訊,相關詳情請點擊 這裡查看。

我們運用 cookies 提供您最佳之網頁使用經驗。更改您的cookie 設定跟詳情。

風險提示: 您的資金存在風險。杠杆商品可能不適合所有客戶。 請詳細閱讀我們的風險聲明