The Ministry of Health transported 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines loaded into three refrigerated trucks to the government of Laos on December 3.
The handover took place at The Trapeang Kriel-Nongnokheane border presided over by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng and a representative of the Lao government.
On November 29, Cambodia pledged to donate 500,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines and $13 million to Laos to contribute to its fight against Covid-19.
Bung Heng said that this donation reflects Cambodia’s humanitarian spirit and good will towards its neighbouring countries during this difficult time.
“We cannot be happy when we see that a neighbouring country is facing problems with Covid-19. We have to assist their government and help them to vaccinate all of their people. Only then can we have a safe relationship with each other, in both the social and economic senses,” Bun Heng said.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on December 2 said that the Chinese company which produces the Sinovac vaccines has reached an agreement with a local firm to produce the vaccines in Cambodia as a ready-to-use product.
Bun Heng said that he wanted the vaccines to begin production in Cambodia soon because it will guarantee that Cambodia will always have an ample supply of vaccines on hand and allow Cambodia to distribute them to other countries.