Phnom Penh (FN), Dec. 15 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that the Community 28 November event is now under control, but it has not yet over, addressing in a special message on Tuesday on the current situation of COVID19 and the purchase of COVID19 vaccines.
"Without the cooperation from the people, never expect that we can control the situation. Today, I confirm that the COVID19 community transmission situation is under control, however, it has not yet over," the premier underlined.
"Community 28 November" is the first ever community transmission COVID19 case detected in Cambodia on 28 November 2020.
To date, Cambodia has confirmed 362 cases of COVID19 (41 community cases), 312 recoveries and no death.
Cambodian government announced on 7 December 2020 to buy one million doses of COVID19 vaccines for phase I vaccination project to provide to citizens with free of charge.
Shortly after the announcement, the government received landslide donations to purchase COVID19 vaccines. As of 14 December 2020, the government has received at least USD 48 million from donors nationwide, including His Majesty and Her Majesty Queen Mother.
The government plans to purchase 26 million doses of COVID19 vaccine to give to 80 percent of Cambodian population with free of charge, equivalent to 13 million people. Premier Hun Sen said today that at least 410,000 Cambodian citizens will receive COVID19 vaccines for free of charge during phase I.
The premier recommended Minister of Health Mam Bunheng to discuss with development partners, especially the World Health Organization, to determine from which country Cambodia should buy the vaccine.