Cambodia to receive Indian-made AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Prime Minister Hun Sen accepts the first consignment of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine in Phnom Penh last month. CamboJA/Pring Samrang

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.

Two CNRP activists jailed over vaccine-related Facebook posts

A medial staffer inspects a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine during the 1st day of injections at Phnom Penh’s Calmette Hospital last month. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Two activists from the outlawed opposition CNRP were charged and sent to pre-trial detention on Monday over Facebook posts criticizing the government’s roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine, officials said.

Chinese-language editor to be deported over “fake news” vaccine sales

A man is vaccinated for Covid-19 at a hospital in Phnom Penh on Thursday, February 25, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The editor of Chinese-language news website Angkor Today will be deported from Cambodia after publishing a story claiming that coronavirus vaccines were being sold improperly out of Calmette hospital, officials said, as the tally for cases related to connected to the February 20 outbreak rose to 194 cases.

Gov’t threatens legal action against vaccine “fake news” dissemination

A medical worker shows the Sinopharm vaccine during the 1st day of vaccinations at Phnom Penh’s Calmette Hospital. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Ministry of Health will push for prosecution of people found to be allegedly spreading fake news about the Chinese-made Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, with the Justice Ministry saying it would utilize the oft-used incitement charge.

As Cambodia’s vaccination drives start, 20 percent of people turned away

The government has attempted to alleviate concerns over the safety and effectiveness of the Sinopharm vaccine, which excludes people with a number of health conditions from getting the vaccine. Pring Samrang

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.