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South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been facing growing public pressure about his plans to get vaccines for COVID-19. The country is struggling to contain a third wave of the pandemic, reporting high numbers of daily cases.
韩国总统文在寅的新冠疫苗计划面临越来越大的公众压力。该国正在努力遏制第三次大流行,每天都报告了大量病例。

Media in the country has criticized the government's plans for the newly developed COVID-19 vaccines. They think the government should move more urgently and depend less on vaccines made in South Korea. Those would take more time than buying them from other countries.
韩国媒体批评了政府新开发新冠肺炎疫苗的计划。他们认为政府应该采取更紧急的行动,并减少对韩国生产疫苗的依赖。这样做比从他国采购疫苗要花更多时间。

Safety or urgency?
安全性还是迫切性?

A public opinion study by research company Realmeter found that six in 10 South Koreans believe urgency, not safety, should be the biggest concern when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines. They think vaccinations should begin as soon as possible given the big increase in new cases.
Realmeter研究公司进行的一项民意调查发现,60%的韩国人认为,就新冠疫苗而言,最关注的是迫切性而不是安全性。他们认为,鉴于新病例大量增加,应该尽快开始接种疫苗。

This week, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported more than 1000 cases each day between Sunday and Tuesday. That brought the national total to 52,550, with more than 739 deaths.
韩国疾病预防控制局本周周日到周四之间每天报告了超过1000起病例。这使得全国总病例达到52550人,有超过739人死亡。

Moon's office said Tuesday that a public vaccination program would "not begin too late." Before, the government had said that vaccinations could start as early as February.
韩国总统办公室周二表示,公共疫苗计划不会开始太晚。此前,韩国政府曾表示最早可能在2月份开始接种疫苗。

Race to vaccinate
疫苗接种竞赛

Health officials said they are worried about the public seeing the vaccination program as a world-wide competition. Instead, they point to the importance of confirming the safety of the shots.
卫生官员表示,他们担心公众将疫苗接种计划视为一项全球竞赛。相反,他们指出了确定接种安全的重要性。

Son Young-rae is a senior official at the health ministry. He said the United States and the United Kingdom are suffering much higher cases and death rates. Other than the vaccines, they have no good ways to fight the virus, he told reporters. For that reason, he said, South Korea should not look to them as models.
孙英来是韩国卫生部高级官员。他说,美国和英国的确诊病例和死亡率要高得多。他告诉记者,除了疫苗以外,它们没有更好的办法来抵抗病毒。他说,因此韩国不应该视他们为榜样。

"Considering the process of safety checks, we believe there is no reason for us to be the world's first or second country to receive the vaccines," Son said.
孙英来表示:“考虑到安全核查过程,我们认为韩国没有理由成为全球第一个或第二个接种疫苗的国家。”

U.S. Forces in Korea to get vaccination
驻韩美军接种疫苗

The first doses of COVID-19 vaccines for U.S. military members working in South Korea were expected to arrive as early as Thursday, a person who knows the plan told Reuters.
一位知情人士对路透社表示,驻韩美军的第一批新冠肺炎疫苗预期最早于周四抵达韩国。

About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea.
大约有28500名美国士兵驻扎在韩国。

The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said it will begin to give the vaccines and that the first shots would be limited to health care workers and emergency workers.
驻韩美军称其将开始接种疫苗,第一批疫苗将限于医护人员和急救人员。

"Over the next few days, USFK will begin to receive and administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to combat the COVID-19 virus to further protect the force and our community," the USFK said in a statement.
驻韩美军在声明中表示:“在接下来几天里,驻韩美军将会开始接收和管理莫德纳新冠疫苗来对抗新冠病毒,以进一步保护军队和我们的社区。”

Early success in fighting COVID-19
对抗新冠病毒方面的早期成功

South Korea's aggressive tracing and testing early in the pandemic had made the country a success story. The recent increase in cases has surprised people working to contain the virus.
韩国在大流行初期的积极追踪和检测使得该国取得了成功。最近病例的增加使得致力于控制病毒的人士感到惊讶。

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said on Wednesday that, with the help of private hospitals, authorities have identified around 8,000 of a desired 10,000 additional hospital beds for COVID-19 patients.
韩国首相郑世均周三表示,韩国需要新增1万张床位,在私立医院的帮助下,韩国当局已经确定了8000张左右的床位用于接受新冠患者。

Seoul and its surrounding areas have banned gatherings of more than four people from December 23 to January 3. Both restaurant owners and customers may have to pay a fine up to 3 million won ($2,700) for not following the order.
从12月23日到明年1月3日,首尔及其周边地区禁止4人以上聚会。不遵守该命令的餐厅老板或顾客可能被处以最高300万韩元(相当于2700美元)的罚款。

Trying to stop the spread during the New Year holidays, authorities have also shut down all winter resorts and tourist spots.
为了阻止新年假期期间疫情蔓延,韩国当局还关闭了所有冬季度假胜地和旅游景点。

I'm Jill Robbins.
我是吉尔·罗宾斯。

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been facing growing public pressure about his plans to get vaccines for COVID-19. The country is struggling to contain a third wave of the pandemic, reporting high numbers of daily cases.

Media in the country has criticized the government’s plans for the newly developed COVID-19 vaccines. They think the government should move more urgently and depend less on vaccines made in South Korea. Those would take more time than buying them from other countries.

Safety or urgency?

A public opinion study by research company Realmeter found that six in 10 South Koreans believe urgency, not safety, should be the biggest concern when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines. They think vaccinations should begin as soon as possible given the big increase in new cases.

This week, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported more than 1000 cases each day between Sunday and Tuesday. That brought the national total to 52,550, with more than 739 deaths.

Moon’s office said Tuesday that a public vaccination program would “not begin too late.” Before, the government had said that vaccinations could start as early as February.

Race to vaccinate

Health officials said they are worried about the public seeing the vaccination program as a world-wide competition. Instead, they point to the importance of confirming the safety of the shots.

Son Young-rae is a senior official at the health ministry. He said the United States and the United Kingdom are suffering much higher cases and death rates. Other than the vaccines, they have no good ways to fight the virus, he told reporters. For that reason, he said, South Korea should not look to them as models.

“Considering the process of safety checks, we believe there is no reason for us to be the world’s first or second country to receive the vaccines,” Son said.

U.S. Forces in Korea to get vaccination

The first doses of COVID-19 vaccines for U.S. military members working in South Korea were expected to arrive as early as Thursday, a person who knows the plan told Reuters.

About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea.

The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said it will begin to give the vaccines and that the first shots would be limited to health care workers and emergency workers.

“Over the next few days, USFK will begin to receive and administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to combat the COVID-19 virus to further protect the force and our community,” the USFK said in a statement.

Early success in fighting COVID-19

South Korea’s aggressive tracing and testing early in the pandemic had made the country a success story. The recent increase in cases has surprised people working to contain the virus.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said on Wednesday that, with the help of private hospitals, authorities have identified around 8,000 of a desired 10,000 additional hospital beds for COVID-19 patients.

Seoul and its surrounding areas have banned gatherings of more than four people from December 23 to January 3. Both restaurant owners and customers may have to pay a fine up to 3 million won ($2,700) for not following the order.

Trying to stop the spread during the New Year holidays, authorities have also shut down all winter resorts and tourist spots.

I’m Jill Robbins.

Sangmi Cha reported on this story for Reuters. Jill Robbins adapted it for Learning English. Mario Ritter, Jr. was the editor.

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Words in This Story

dose –n. an amount of a medicine that is needed to fight disease

combat – v. fight against

tracing –v. to find someone by collecting and studying evidence

customer – n. someone who buys goods or services from a business

tourist –n. a person who travels for pleasure and not for work


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