Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Kingdom buys 5M Chinese vaccines for children 12-17

Kingdom buys 5M Chinese vaccines for children 12-17

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Another one million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine purchased from China touched down at Phnom Penh International Airport on July 22. Heng Chivoan

Kingdom buys 5M Chinese vaccines for children 12-17

The government has purchased an additional five million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from China to vaccinate the 12-17 age group in a bid to reopen schools, with their shipments expected in August and September.

The Kingdom will also receive one million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine through the World Health Organisation-led Covax Facility, according to Ministry of Health secretary of state York Sambath.

Sambath was speaking at the Phnom Penh International Airport while receiving one million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine purchased from China on July 22.

“In August, we will have three million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, and in September we will have another two million doses of the vaccines for vaccinating children and teens. Samdech Techo [Prime Minister Hun Sen] has advised vaccination and procurement teams to prepare this,” she said.

Regarding the one million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Sambath said she did not have specific timeline for their arrival.

The national Covid-19 vaccination commission has been planning and discussing the work concerning vaccinations for the 12-17 age group following Hun Sen’s recommendation.

According to Sambath, Cambodia had vaccinated more than six million people as of July 21.

“We have enough vaccines on hand to vaccinate our people including children, in line with the goal set by [Hun Sen]. But vaccination alone would not be enough – only through participation by people from all walks of life can we break the chain of transmission,” she said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said on July 22 that the government has defined vaccination as its strategic plan in the fight against Covid-19.

“Through this strategic plan, Cambodia has made every effort to procure vaccines for the people. The vaccines that Cambodia has received are the achievement of the government’s plan in acquiring 20 million doses to vaccinate the 10 million [adult population],” he said in a Facebook post.

On July 23, Hun Sen will personally receive one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the Japanese government. This marks the second time that the prime minister has personally welcomed vaccines from “friends” of Cambodia – the first was on February 7 when 600,000 doses donated by China arrived.

Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Mikami Masahiro said last week after his government announced the donation that the assistance demonstated strong ties between the two countries and in timely response to the current Covid-19 situation.

As of July 22, Cambodia had recorded a total of 70,419 Covid-19 cases with 62,577 recoveries and 1,188 fatalities.

On July 22 alone, the health ministry reported 811 Covid-19 cases, 300 of which were imported, and 20 new deaths.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Takeo hand-woven silk items provide local high-quality alternative to imports

    After graduating from university and beginning her career as a civil servant at the the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Khieu Sina found time to establish a business that aligns with her true passion – quality hand-woven Khmer goods. Her product line, known as Banteay Srei,

  • Sub-Decree approves $30M for mine clearance

    The Cambodian government established the ‘Mine-Free Cambodia 2025 Foundation’, and released an initial budget of $30 million. Based on the progress of the foundation in 2023, 2024 and 2025, more funds will be added from the national budget and other sources. In a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,