Cambodia receives first batch of AstraZeneca donations from Japan; announces Aug 1 start for child vaccinations

A box with 332,000 doses of AstraZeneca donated by Japan arrives at Phnom Penh International airport on Friday night, July 23, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Cambodia received 332,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday, the first portion of one million doses donated by Japanese government.

China, Cambodia reject US claims of Chinese cybertheft

A ferry transports passengers across the Mekong River from Phnom Penh to Kandal province, on February 16, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

China’s embassy in Cambodia has dismissed allegations that Chinese hackers stole data on the Mekong River from Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and turned the table on the United States, calling it the largest source of cyber attacks in the world.

Cambodia’s economic growth forecast downgraded as COVID-19 cases rise

Laborers work at a construction site in Phnom Penh, July 21, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The UK-based Fitch Ratings credit rating agency has downgraded Cambodia’s economic outlook below the World Bank’s baseline forecast of 4 percent GDP growth for 2021 as the country continues to struggle with the economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Families affected by land dispute with Defense Ministry still wait for compensation

Villagers blocked road after soldiers shot and injured a man in a land dispute in Kandal province, June 3, 2021. Licadho

Hundreds of families affected by a land dispute with the Ministry of Defense in Kandal province, are still waiting for compensation and a resolution six weeks after violence broke out.

Health Ministry argues against antibody testing as public questions Chinese-made vaccine effectiveness

People wait to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in Phnom Penh. Picture taken on April 1, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

“I’m worried that I don’t have antibodies,” she told CamboJA, sharing her concerns that a lack of side effects of the inoculations could mean her body hasn’t produced a defence response. “If I have symptoms like fever, I am sure that there is a drug working in my body.”