Cambodia will receive around 320,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine produced in India on Tuesday, so that two vaccines, including the Chinese-made Sinopharm, available in the country for inoculations.
Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered the closure of some nightclubs, condominiums and streets around Koh Pich after a new spike of 32 cases of Covid-19 was traced back to four Chinese women who allegedly paid security guards for permission to leave their quarantine hotel in Phnom Penh.
The government’s COVID-19 vaccination drive began with senior dignitaries and provincial officials lining up to get inoculated, with 20 percent of people who went to get vaccinated turned away for underlying medical issues or for being not in the best health.
Cambodia will begin vaccinating senior government officials, target groups, frontline workers starting Wednesday after the first batch of the Chinese-produced Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Phnom Penh.
Prime Minister Hun Sen nominated ministers and generals, his three sons and the children of senior officials to be first inoculated for COVID-19 in Cambodia, as the first shipment of Sinopharm vaccinations donated by China arrived at the Phnom Penh International Airport on Sunday.