The goal of Cambodia is to vaccinate about 80 percent of the total population of 16 million, affirmed Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen in his remarks at the handover-receiving ceremony of 332,000 of Japan-donated 1 million doses of AstraZeneca, at Phnom Penh International Airport tonight.

With the 10 million adults, whose vaccination campaign is expected to end not later than October this year, and the 2 million children aged between 12 and 17 years old, whose vaccination will begin on Aug. 1, Cambodia’s vaccination coverage will reach 75 percent, he said.

“If we vaccinate 13 million people, the coverage will rise to 81.5 percent,” he added. “At all costs, we will look for ways to find vaccines for all Cambodians reaching the age of vaccination and being allowed to get vaccinated by the medical team.”

The first priority is the right to life, not the freedom of expression, Samdech Techo Hun Sen underlined, continuing that he did not care who criticises the Cambodian laws because the laws have been made to protect the people’s lives.

The Premier expressed his gratitude to the Government and people of Japan for their material and financial support for Cambodia in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Samdech Techo Prime Minister took the opportunity to remind all relevant ministries and institutions to continue enforcing the Royal Government’s preventing measures with high accountability in order to ensure the people’s health and safety, and re-appealed to the public to stick to the “3 Dos, 3 Don’ts” measure even though they have already been vaccinated against the COVID-19.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Press

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