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COVID vaccines

South Korea, Japan and Taiwan rush to develop homegrown vaccines

Sluggish vaccination rollouts make the three places vulnerable to outbreaks

South Korean President Moon Jae-in inspects a vaccine vial at an SK Bioscience plant in the city of Andong on Jan. 20. His government has come under fire over a slow vaccine rollout. (Source photos by Reuters and EPA/Yonhap/Jiji)

SEOUL/TOKYO/TAIPEI -- Chang Hyo-jung, a senior nurse at a general hospital in New York, is considering going back to her home country of South Korea in October for a four-week vacation. But it is unclear whether she will be able to avoid a two-week quarantine on arrival, even though she has been fully vaccinated with two Pfizer shots in the U.S.

"I wish I could see my family and friends without quarantine," Chang said.

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