South Korean government upgrades K-CDC to independent administrative agency

The South Korean government has announced that the Korea Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (K-CDC) will be upgraded from a center to an independent administrative agency after discussion and approval from the president’s office, government, and the ruling party.

The new K-CDC will still be affiliated with the Ministry of Health and Welfare but will retain under its purview many of the relevant research institutes including the Korea National Institute of Health as well as the research institute on infectious disease. The latter, which was the center for infectious disease control, will also be upgraded to a national research institute and will be the main agency dedicated to developing COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics. With greater authority over its budget and personnel, the new K-CDC will also try to improve the health and medical research and development process.

News article – Money Today (in Korean)