Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong said China’s generous donation of COVID-19 vaccines to Cambodia symbolizes enduring friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
The first batch of vaccines donated by China arrived Sunday in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, and a vaccination campaign will be launched on Wednesday.
Mr Namhong expressed his deep gratitude to China for providing Chinese company Sinopharm’s vaccine to Cambodia, saying it was the first vaccine the country had received so far.
This donation symbolizes the long-standing friendship and cooperation enshrined in the comprehensive strategic cooperation partners as well as in the action plan for the construction of the Cambodia-China Community of Destiny (2019-2023), he said. told Media on Sunday.
“I am convinced that this precious donation will certainly help prevent the COVID-19 pandemic in Cambodia, although we will receive, in the coming months, more vaccines from the dialogue partners and from the WHO COVAX for vaccinating millions of our citizens, ”he added.
Namhong noted that he has found that Chinese vaccines have been used to immunize millions of people in China as well as in some countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
“According to the information I have received, these vaccines have been effective and have no side effects,” he said. “Many leaders of these countries have been voluntarily vaccinated with these Chinese vaccines.”
He stressed that COVID-19 vaccines should not be a contentious issue between countries and their manufacturers, but should be used to ensure the safety of people around the world, especially in developing countries.
Meanwhile, the vice-premier praised China for providing vaccines to developing countries, saying its emergency aid was crucial as they have limited financial resources to purchase them.
Cambodia has had remarkable success in containing the spread of COVID-19. According to the health ministry, the Southeast Asian country has so far recorded a total of 474 confirmed cases, with zero deaths and 456 recoveries.