Cambodia receives new batch of China's Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine

A worker transports a box of Chinese Covid-19 vaccines at the Phnom Penh International Airport in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 0n Saturday evening (June 12, 2021).- Xinhua

PHNOM PENH, June 13 (Xinhua): Cambodia on Saturday evening (June 13) received another batch of China's Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine, boosting the South-East Asian nation in its inoculation drive.

Cambodian health ministry's secretary of state Yok Sambath, who welcomed the vaccine's arrival at the Phnom Penh International Airport, said the vaccine was purchased from Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm.

"It's a new testament to the unbreakable ironclad friendship between Cambodia and China," she said.

Cambodia has so far acquired more than 8 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from China and the World Health Organization's COVAX Facility.

The kingdom launched an anti-Covid-19 inoculation drive on Feb. 10.

Health ministry's secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine said that to date, some 5.22 million vaccine doses have been administered in the kingdom, with 2.39 million people having been fully vaccinated with two doses.

The country is targeting to inoculate at least 10 million out of its 16 million population by the end of this year or early next year at the latest, she added.

Cambodia registered 638 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, pushing the national caseload to 37,959 with 320 deaths and 31,222 recoveries, according to the health ministry. - Xinhua
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