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Cambodia to mix vaccines as booster shots to fight COVID

PHNOM PENH, Aug 1 – Cambodia will start providing a booster shot in opposition to Covid-19, switching between the AstraZeneca and Chinese language COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to battle the unfold of the coronavirus within the Southeast Asian nation.

Prime Minister Hun Sen, launching the vaccination marketing campaign for 12-17 years previous, stated on Sunday that the third dose shall be supplied to between 500,000 to at least one million frontline staff as a precedence.

“Individuals who have already been vaccinated with Sinopharm and Sinovac needs to be given AstraZeneca because the third booster dose,” Hun Sen stated in a speech which was broadcast on social media. “For Cambodians who’ve been vaccinated with AstraZeneca, Sinovac needs to be given because the third dose,” he added.

Hun Sen additionally stated the nation will buy extra AstraZeneca vaccines by means of Covax for the booster pictures and the current US-funded Johnson & Johnson vaccines shall be used to vaccinate indigenous peoples in northeastern Cambodia.

A Cambodian army member vaccinates a person inside a red zone with strict lockdown measures in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, May 1, 2021.
A Cambodian military member vaccinates a particular person inside a pink zone with strict lockdown measures in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Might 1, 2021.
Reuters/Cindy Liu

Cambodia has launched a lockdown in eight provinces bordering Thailand this week in a bid to stop the unfold of the Delta variant of the coronavirus within the Southeast Asian nation.

The World Well being Group (WHO) stated this week that the Delta variant has been detected amongst migrants getting back from Thailand by means of land borders and is now in the area people.

“We’re racing in opposition to new variants. We should act as we speak and we should act quick to haven’t any regrets tomorrow,” stated Li Ailan, WHO Consultant to Cambodia, in an announcement on Saturday.

Cambodia managed to largely comprise the virus for many of final 12 months, however an outbreak first detected in late February has pushed up complete instances to 77,919, with 1,420 deaths.

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