Cambodian government begins vaccinating children as young as 12, while prime minister announces third dose campaign

Children between the ages of 12 and 17 receive their first dose of Sinovac's Covid-19 vaccine in Phnom Penh, August 1, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Cambodian government on Sunday began its campaign to vaccinate children aged 12 to 17, beginning in Phnom Penh, while the prime minister announced they would soon start a program to provide a third “booster” dose of AstraZeneca to adults who have already been fully vaccinated with the Chinese Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines.

Cambodia receives first batch of US-made Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The Johnson&Johnson COVID-19 vaccines donated by the US to Cambodia through the international COVAX mechanism arrive at Phnom Penh International airport, July 30, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Cambodia received half a million single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines on Friday, the first portion of more than one million doses donated by the US government through the international COVAX mechanism. The country will also receive another 415,000 doses of AstraZeneca donated from the United Kingdom as well.

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.