And on Saturday (July 31), a plane carrying a new batch of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine landed in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, on Saturday, giving another boost to the country in its vaccination drive.
Meanwhile, the US donated vaccines are part of the total 1,060,100 doses the US has pledged to provide to Cambodia through the World Health Organisation-led (WHO) Covax Facility, with the remainders expected to arrive on Monday (Aug 2).
“With this contribution, the United States reaffirms its longstanding commitment to the public health of the Cambodian people, one that has never been clearer than during the global pandemic,” said US embassy in a press statement.
The vaccines are part of US President Joe Biden's initial pledge to distribute 80 million doses globally for the fight against Covid-19.
"The best protection against Covid-19 is to be fully vaccinated. We are proud to help Cambodia ensure the health of its citizens and keep its economic future bright with the donation of these vaccines, which adds to technical and material public health and economic assistance the United States has provided to the Kingdom throughout the pandemic,” said US ambassador to Patrick Murphy.
Meanwhile, On Saturday (July 31), Health ministry's secretary of state Yok Sambath, who welcomed the arrival of the vaccine at the Phnom Penh International Airport, said the jab was purchased from Chinese biopharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech.
China is the major vaccine supplier to the Southeast Asian nation, she said, adding that with the subsequent arrivals of the vaccines, the kingdom has enough jabs to sustain its inoculation drive.
Cambodia launched a Covid-19 vaccination drive on Feb. 10. To date, some 7.23 million people, or 72.3 percent, of the 10 million targeted adult population have received at least one dose of the vaccines, according to the health ministry.
The country reported 658 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, pushing the national total caseload to 77,243 so far, the health ministry said, adding that 22 new fatalities were recorded, taking the overall death toll to 1,397.
Another 798 patients had recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 69,996, it added. - Phnom Penh Post/ANN