Cambodians who have previously been injected with the Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccine will receive a dose of that produced by Oxford-AstraZeneca, while those inoculated with AstraZeneca’s will be administered Sinovac’s, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on Sunday. Preparations are underway for the third-dose scheme, and the government has ordered the Health Ministry to purchase more of the Oxford-developed shots, the Khmer Times reported. Up to a million frontline workers will be given priority for the booster shots.
Defending the initiative from the criticism of the Chinese vaccines coming from some quarters, the PM said that, “no matter what anyone says,” more than 1.5 billion doses had been administered to the Chinese people, and many more millions distributed as foreign aid without issue. There are no people in Cambodia “lying dead on the streets like in other countries,” local media reportedHun Sen as saying, adding that he had stated that the vaccination campaign would be completed this year, ahead of schedule. So far, some 11.8 million doses have been administered to Cambodians, with just over 28% of its population having been fully vaccinated.
Vaccination for teenagers aged between 12 and 17 has also been launched in the Southeast Asian country, with the authorities describing the move as an important step in building immunity against the deadly virus. The prime minister said his nation needed to learn to live with Covid-19.