Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - WHO: Kingdom’s jab drive deserves study

WHO: Kingdom’s jab drive deserves study

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Health minister Mam Bun Heng receives a donation of Pfizer vaccines from US ambassador W Patrick Murphy on Tuesday. UNICEF

WHO: Kingdom’s jab drive deserves study

World Health Organisation (WHO) representative to Cambodia Li Ailan said countries around the world should study how Cambodia overcame the challenges of Covid-19 and follow its success, particularly its overarching vaccination programme.

“The vaccines saved lives. It helped Cambodia manage and reopen safely and in a sustainable way,” Li said at a ceremony to hand over two million Pfizer vaccines donated by the US to Cambodia through COVAX – a global mechanism aimed at ensuring equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines – at Phnom Penh International Airport on May 3.

Both WHO and its partners stood alongside the government and were at hand to support Cambodia in setting a good example not only for the vaccine campaign, but also the sustainable management of Covid-19, she said.

“Safe and effective vaccinations remain an important tool for the sustainable management of Covid-19. Ensuring a booster dose for vulnerable people is of vital importance this time,” Li said.

“We remain committed to working together to make Cambodia a safer country in terms of security, public health and better health in the future,” she added.

Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng said that to date, 73 million doses have been determined by the government for delivery via COVAX, bilateral agreements, donations and direct purchases.

Of the number, Cambodia has received 53 million doses. Another 20 million doses will arrive in stages. As of April 30, some eight million doses remain in stock in Cambodia.

He reiterated that everyone continues practicing the standard operating procedure (SOP) of staying safe although they are vaccinated.

Meanwhile, UNICEF representative in Cambodia Foroogh Foyouzat said the Pfizer vaccines increased the number of doses sent via COVAX to Cambodia.

So far, 5.9 million out of 6.7 million doses pledged in the first stage of the pandemic have been delivered to Cambodia while another 5.5 million shots will be studied and donated in the future.

“We have many reasons to congratulate Cambodia … which has a successful and inclusive Covid-19 vaccination programme,” she said.

Foroogh noted that the “remarkable” success of the vaccination programme allowed Cambodians to return to normal life.

Children were allowed to go back to school, the borders have been reopened to welcome tourists and the economy has recovered after a two-year decline, she observed.

US ambassador to Cambodia Patrick Murphy said the US viewed the achievement of health security as a top priority and would continue to work with COVAX partners to ensure that people around the world have access to vaccines.

With this contribution, the US reaffirmed its long standing commitment to the health and well-being of Cambodians.

“I recognise the efforts of the national teams of the Health Ministry and their courage, especially the front-line teams, where their contribution and high commitment play an important role in preventing and ending this pandemic,” Murphy said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Typhoon Noru brings flash floods – 16 dead

    An official warned that that the 16th typhoon of the season, Noru, had brought heavy rains to areas the Mekong River and flooded thousands of homes in the provinces bordering Thailand. As of September 27, the death toll from the flooding had risen to 16. National Committee

  • Siem Reap drain canal now ‘mangrove’ promenade

    A more than half a kilometre long stretch of canal in Siem Reap has been covered and turned into a promenade to attract visitors, said Ly Rasmey, secretary of state at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, on September 16. The new pedestrianised

  • Angkor wildlife, aquarium park still to open October

    The Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium complex about 30km southeast of Siem Reap town with initial total investment of more than $70 million is reportedly still on track for an end-October opening. The park is located on a 100ha plot along National Road 6 in Kbon village, Khchas

  • Defence minister reaffirms Kingdom’s staunch support for One-China policy

    Minister of National Defence General Tea Banh has reaffirmed Cambodia’s unwavering support for the One-China policy. Tea Banh was speaking at the September 20 ceremonial handover of 117 vehicles and other military equipment donated by China’s defence ministry, held at Phnom Chumreay International Military Training

  • Deaths due to ‘lifestyle’ diseases rise in Kingdom

    The Ministry of Health has called on people to pay closer attention to their health to protect themselves from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which it said have caused high rates of deaths in the country. Ministry secretary of state York Sambath made the call at a

  • Textile industry minimum wage now $200

    The official minimum wage for workers in textile-related sectors including garment, footwear, and travel goods for 2023 was pegged at $198, with Prime Minister Hun Sen stepping in to add $2 to the total, making it $200 per month. The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training made the announcement