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Remaining Batch of AstraZeneca Vaccines from Japan Arrive in Cambodia

Cambodia has received the remaining batch of AstraZeneca vaccines donated by Japan. A total of 668,000 doses have arrived in Phnom Penh International Airport on Saturday evening. This time, it was Ministry of Health Secretary of State, Youk Sambath who received the vaccine turned over by the Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan in Cambodia, Karimata Atsushi. Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Hun Sen personally received the first batch of the Astrazeneca vaccines from Japan with 332,000 doses.

The Japanese Government has already provided over $50 million worth of assistance to Cambodia. This includes the donation of medical equipment, renovation of hospitals, support for infection prevention measures at the borders through international organizations, and equipment to properly carry and store vaccines. Japan has also provided around $227 million loan to the Royal Government of Cambodia, which is being used to provide cash benefit to people affected by Covid-19 and to strengthen the medical care provision system in the kingdom.

Cambodia has now received 21.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. As of Thursday, more than 7.6 million adults have received their first dose of vaccine while over 5.3 million have been fully vaccinated. For children aged 12 to 17, the kingdom has recorded a total of 197,806 or 10.06%of the two-million target have received their first dose.

Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered on Friday to immediately inoculate the AstraZeneca doses as booster shots to all frontline military and healthcare divisions along the border with Thailand to safeguard against the Delta variant. He says the booster shots for these personnel must start as soon as possible this weekend.

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