| 3 February 2023, Friday |

Australia pledges three million COVID-19 vaccines to Cambodia

Australia has donated more than three million COVID-19 vaccine pills to Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on Monday, which will assist the Southeast Asian country in providing booster shots to its citizens.

The assurance came during Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s visit to strengthen bilateral ties.

Cambodia has immunized 87 percent of its more than 16 million inhabitants, making it one of the most vaccinated countries in Asia.

“The Australian government has decided to provide Cambodia with 3,250,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, of which 1 million will be delivered to Cambodia before the end of this year,” Hun Sen said on his official Facebook page.

The country has already given two million booster shots and begun inoculating children. Payne met Hun Sun and her counterpart Prak Sokhonn.

Hun Sen declared the country fully open last week and the government has said tourist locations for vaccinated travellers will also be reopened by the end of this month.

  • Reuters