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.

Japan donates 1 million COVID-19 vaccines to Cambodia, easing reliance on China

A shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by Unicef and facilitated by the global COVAX initiative arriving earlier this year at Phnom Penh International Airport. Picture taken on March 2, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Japanese government on Tuesday announced it will donate 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Cambodia in a move Japanese representatives describe as being in the “light of the friendship” between the two countries and based on the recipient’s rising case counts.

Hun Sen orders nationwide rapid tests, says Cambodia is relying on China

A man uses a rapid COVID-19 test by himself in Phnom Penh, July 1, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Prime Minister Hun Sen has said that Cambodia is depending on China for its COVID vaccination strategy, while ordering the nationwide use of rapid testing to contain the pandemic. He encouraged the private sector to also conduct rapid tests on their own staff.