Vaccine Stocks Set to Arrive as Cambodia records 262 New Cases

A worker transports Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines at the Phnom Penh International Airport in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 31, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)
  • Sao Phal Niseiy
  • April 16, 2021 7:46 AM

Phnom Penh remains at centre of cluster

PHNOM PENH--Half a million COVID-19 vaccine doses were due to arrive in Phnom Penh from China on Saturday as 262 new cases linked to the February 20 event were recorded.

Health Ministry spokesperson Or Vandine said of the 262 cases reported on Thursday, 232 were in Phnom Penh, 12 in Preah Sihanouk province, two in Kampong Cham province, one in Kampong Speu province, one in Kampong Thom province, four in Kandal province, two in Prey Veng province, two in Pursat province, two in Siem Reap province, one in Svay Rieng province and two others in Takao province.

72 patients have made a complete recovery and been discharged from hospital.

The latest infections brought the total cases to 5480 nationwide, with 2393 recoveries and 38 deaths.

500,000 Sinovac vaccine to arrive tomorrow from China

While Cambodia’s surge in infections continues, the country keeps pushing the vaccine drive to cut the transmission chain.

“Half a million doses of Sinovac vaccine which have been purchased in the second phase by the Cambodian government are due to arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport on April 17,” the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh said.

More vaccines are expected to be shipped to the country step-by-step. The embassy said the country still manages to supply Cambodia despite China facing a vaccine shortage.

“This demonstrates the ironclad friendship between the two countries,” it said, and hoped the vaccine will actively help Cambodians fight against the virus.

As of April.15, Cambodia has vaccinated more than1.2 million people, 954,067 of whom are civilians. 

According to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s special address to the nation on April 10, more than 11 million vaccine doses will arrive in phases throughout the year. One and a half million doses will arrive in May, three million in June, two million in July and one million in August.

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