WORLD 57 pct of Cambodia's population vaccinated against COVID-19

WORLD

57 pct of Cambodia's population vaccinated against COVID-19

Xinhua

16:39, August 18, 2021

PHNOM PENH, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia has administered at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines to 9.15 million people, or 57 percent of the kingdom's 16-million population so far, Ministry of Health's secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine said Wednesday.

An adolescent receives her first dose of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Aug. 1, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

Some 7.48 million of them have completed the two-dose inoculation, Vandine said in a report.

"As of Aug. 17, about 85.23 percent of the 10 million targeted adults and 32.25 percent of the 2 million targeted adolescents aged 12-17 have been vaccinated," she said.

The Southeast Asian nation began a COVID-19 vaccination drive on Feb. 10, targeting to inoculate 12 million people, or 75 percent, of the total population by November.

Most of the vaccines in the kingdom's immunization program are China's Sinovac and Sinopharm.

The United Nations in Cambodia said earlier this month that Cambodia has one of the highest percentages of COVID-19 vaccination among its adult population in the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region.

The country confirmed 593 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, pushing the national total caseload to 87,190, the Ministry of Health said, adding that 12 more fatalities had been registered, bringing the overall death toll to 1,730.

Another 748 patients had recovered, taking the total number of recoveries to 82,666, the ministry said.

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