Hun Sen touts ‘blossoming’ strategy as Phnom Penh joins world’s cities with highest Covid vaccination rate


Phnom Penh kicked off Covid-19 vaccination campaigns for children aged 6 to 11 on Friday (Sept 17, 2021). - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

PHNOM PENH, Sept 17 (Phnom Penh Post/ANN): Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, could achieve the highest rate of Covid-19 vaccinations compared to other cities around the world because the government has a clear strategy in vaccine management and distribution, Prime Minister Hun Sen said.

Speaking at the launch of Covid-19 vaccination campaign for children aged 6-11 at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on September 17, he noted that Cambodia’s close ties with China was not the main factor behind this achievement.

Hun Sen made the remarks after an Australian-based media outlet reported recently that Cambodia had the highest rate of vaccination compared to other cities around the world.

“I want to stress that if there is no clear control and management of the vaccines, they would have been distributed here and there [disorderly]. It is not our close relations with China that enables us to accomplish such a high rate of vaccinations compared to other cities around the world,” he said.

The prime minister said Cambodia has adopted a blossoming strategy, which kicks off in the capital and neighbouring provinces before expanding to other parts of the country in order of priority.

Through this strategy, he said the Kingdom will be able to achieved herd immunity as planned.

The Ministry of Health on Friday (Sept 17) also reported 698 new Covid-19 cases, 151 of which were imported.

The ministry also reported 11 new deaths and 465 recoveries.

As of September 17, Cambodia had recorded a total of 102,834 Covid-19 cases with 96,275 recoveries and 2,089 fatalities. - The Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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