Cambodia has encouraged the promotion and acceleration of vaccination to build herd immunity, which is the most appropriate and effective response measure.

The remark was made by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, at the official handover ceremony of 325,000 doses of Covishield (AZ) vaccine from India to Cambodia under the Quad Vaccine Partnership, held here at the Peace Palace this morning.

In fact, he continued, with a proactive spirit and diligent efforts to find vaccines and launch a national vaccination campaign in February 2021, Cambodia could achieve full herd immunity in just about eight months.

This brilliant achievement has allowed Cambodia to reopen the country in all sectors on Nov. 1, 2021, and be able to maintain normal socio-economic activities up until now, despite continued threats from the spread of COVID-19, especially the Omicron variant, which spread in Cambodian communities in early 2022, he recalled.

This reflects the effectiveness of vaccines, which have allowed Cambodia to live with COVID-19 in a new normal, in a resilient and safe manner, underlined Samdech Techo Hun Sen, pointing out that as a result, recently, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has forecasted that Cambodia’s economy will likely grow by 5.3 percent and 6.5 percent in 2022 and in 2023, respectively.

The Prime Minister took the opportunity to express his gratitude and appreciation to the members of the Quad Initiative (India, the U.S., Japan and Australia), as well as other countries around the world, for their efforts in the fight against COVID-19 in respective countries, regions and the whole world to ensure rapid recovery of socio-economic activities.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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