Cambodia received 1.5 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine from Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech, as the country sees a fast-spreading cluster of new cases, which resulted in 96 cases reported Friday afternoon.
The Ministry of Health is considering expanding the number of priority groups that can get the AstraZeneca vaccine after a surge in requests for vaccination last week, where occasionally the Indian-made vaccine was used outside prescribed groups.
Prime Minister Hun Sen was inoculated against COVID-19 with the Indian-made AstraZeneca vaccines on Thursday, even as a new cluster of cases pushed the government to restrict movements and travel to Preah Sihanouk province.
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 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.