President Moon Jae-in delivers his New Year's address to the country at Cheong Wa Dae on Jan. 11, 2021. (Photo: Yonhap News)
President Moon Jae-in says coronavirus vaccines will be provided to all South Korean people, free of charge.
He made the pledge in a televised New Year's address Monday, reiterating his administration's plan to start vaccinations next month.
Ron Chang reports.
President Moon said 2021 will be different.
It will be a year of recovery from COVID-19, a year of tolerance and a year where people take on new challenges.
[Clip: Moon (English translation)]
"The New Year will be different. We will conquer the coronavirus together. 2021 will be a year of recovery, a year of tolerance and a year where we take challenges."
Moon aimed to deliver a message of hope, that people will be able to take off their masks, return to normal life and focus on economic recovery.
He added that the third round of emergency relief handouts that are coming will help to restore people's livelihoods.
Moon also apologized to those facing difficulties due to soaring home prices, and said the government would soon implement measures for the supply of new homes.
On diplomacy, the president stressed the strength of the Seoul-Washington alliance and future efforts to work with incoming U.S. President Joe Biden for a "great transition" in inter-Korean dialogue and denuclearization negotiations.
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