Cambodian PM says China is Backbone of Vaccine Supply

Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has announced that China will remain the backbone of the vaccine supply for Cambodia.

"No matter what others say, if there was no vaccine from China, so far Cambodia would be able to vaccinate only about 160,000 people," he underlined in his televised statement on the current COVID-19 situation in Cambodia this morning.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen continued that Cambodia has to find enough vaccine for around 10 million adult people, and is considering the vaccination of the population of younger than 18 years old.

The Kingdom has so far received more than 11 million doses of vaccine through both purchase and donations, and some 4.2 million people or 42 percent have been vaccinated, he said.

According to the Premier, 5 more million doses of Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines will arrive in Phnom Penh this month and 4 million others in August.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen expressed his optimism that with the current speed of the vaccination campaign, Cambodia can achieve its goal of vaccinating 10 million adult people around November this year.

Cambodia has spent around US$170 million to purchase COVID-19 vaccines, in addition to the 324,000 doses of AstraZeneca/SII (COVISHIELD) via COVAX Facility and 2.2 million doses of Sinopharm donated by China.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press