BATTAMBANG, Cambodia, July 10 (Xinhua): Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni said here on Saturday that the government's successful Covid-19 control has enabled the country to resume all socio-economic activities with confidence.
n his speech delivered on the Arbor Day, or tree planting day, the monarch praised the country's Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen for his wise and skillful leadership, which has successfully dealt with the spread of Covid-19.
"Building on this success, all social activities have been revived and all sectors have been recovering. For instance, today, we have resumed the celebration of the tree planting day after it was skipped for two years," Sihamoni said.
Health ministry's secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine attributed the kingdom's success in controlling the pandemic to the government's right leadership and the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines.
"Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen has made the right and timely decision to provide free Covid-19 vaccines to all eligible Cambodians and foreigners living in the country," she told reporters recently.
Vaccines are the most powerful tool to protect lives against Covid-19, reducing infections and deaths, Vandine said.
So far, 94.3 percent of Cambodia's 16 million population have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccines and 90 percent have been fully inoculated with two required shots, the health ministry said.
Also, 59 percent of the population have got the third dose, 19 percent have had a fourth shot and two percent have taken the fifth jab, the ministry added.
Most of the COVID-19 vaccines used in the country's immunization program are China's Sinovac and Sinopharm.
Kin Phea, director-general of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said vaccines have protected lives, stabilized the health system and helped restore the economy.
"The royal government of Cambodia has made the correct decision to choose China as a strategic supplier of Covid-19 vaccines so that's why Cambodia has enough vaccines for its people," he told Xinhua.
The Southeast Asian country registered 17 new Covid-19 cases and zero new deaths on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 136,343, with 133,206 recoveries and 3,056 deaths, the health ministry said. - Xinhua