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Cambodia receives new batch of China's Sinovac vaccine

2021 Jun 19, 15:08, PHNOM PENH
In this December 23, 2020, file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a Sinovac worker checks the labelling on vials of COVID-19 vaccines on a packaging line in Beijing. With just four of China’s many vaccine makers claiming they are able to produce at least 2.6 billion doses this year, a large part of the world’s population will end up inoculated not with western vaccines boasting headline-grabbing efficacy rates, but with China’s traditionally made shots. (Photo via AP)

A plane carrying a new batch of China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, on Saturday, giving another boost to the kingdom's inoculation drive.

Cambodian health ministry's secretary of state Yok Sambath, who received the vaccine at the Phnom Penh International Airport, said the jab was purchased from Chinese biopharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech.

"With the subsequent arrivals of the vaccines, we're confident that our vaccination plan will be achieved on schedule," she said.

The Southeast Asian nation has planned to inoculate at least 10 million out of its 16 million population by the end of this year or early next year at the latest, she said.

The kingdom launched an anti-COVID-19 inoculation drive on Feb 10. To date, some 5.92 million vaccine doses have been administered, with 2.66 million people having been fully vaccinated with two doses, the health ministry said.

Cambodia logged 471 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, pushing the national caseload to 42,052, the ministry said.

The kingdom also recorded 20 new fatalities, taking the overall death toll to 414 so far, the ministry said, adding that 928 patients had recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 36,868

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