Phnom Penh (FN), Sep. 10 – On behalf of the Royal Government and the people of Cambodia, Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen express his deep gratitude to the government and the people of China for the assistance to the Royal Government and the people of Cambodia through all forms of supports, including COVID19 treatment techniques, medical equipment, and especially the donation of the COVID19 vaccines as well as the facilitation of vaccine purchases from China.

The premier spoke at the opening of the 18th China-ASEAN Expo, with the theme of “Sharing Opportunities Created by the New Land-Sea Corridor, Building the China-ASEAN Community with a Shared Future” via videoconference, held on Friday.

“I highly commend the Government and the people of China for the active participation and its leading role in the fight against the Covid-19 at the global level, via the production and distribution of vaccines, provision of medical equipment as well as experience-sharing on prevention, care and treatment for the COVID19 patients.”

“For Cambodia, despite being regarded as a country with limited resources, the Royal Government of Cambodia has committed to turning this COVID19 crisis into an opportunity for more in-depth reforms, aiming to build a stronger and more resilient social and economic system to future crises. For more than a year, the Royal Government of Cambodia, on one hand, has actively combatted the COVID19 through the implementation of 03 key strategies, namely, prevention, treatment, and vaccination; while on the other hand, has implemented policies to sustain people’s livelihood and business activities across all sectors,” he said.

The premier added that to accelerate the re-opening of socio-economic activities and to prevent the spread of the new COVID19 variants, the Royal Government of Cambodia has launched the Vaccination Campaign for Children and Youth aged 12 to under 18 on August 01, 2021, and the 3rd Dose or Booster Dose Vaccination Campaign for frontline public officials.”

As a result of these efforts, Cambodia has become a nation amongst others in the region and the world to have achieved remarkably high-rate of COVID19 vaccination for its people. By the end of August 2021, compared with the plan, two-dose vaccination rate for the population over the age of 18-year is 86%, while the first-dose vaccination rate for children and adolescents from the age 12 to under 18-year is 81%.