WORLD Cambodia reopens schools as Indonesia starts inoculations


Cambodia reopens schools as Indonesia starts inoculations


10:54, January 05, 2021

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen speaks at a press conference on the latest situation of COVID-19 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 7, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)

Cambodia has started reopening schools and museums as it relaxes a six-week lockdown following a coronavirus outbreak late last year.

The Southeast Asian country of just over 16 million people, one of the least impacted by the novel coronavirus with just 382 infections and no deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, saw a rare cluster of cases in November.

While private schools have started reopening this week, students at public schools are due to return next week.

This even as a senior minister said Indonesia's mass vaccination programme is set to roll out next week, pending authorisation from the country's food and drug agency (BPOM). At least 700,000 doses of vaccines have already been widely distributed.

Currently battling one of Asia's most stubborn coronavirus epidemics, Indonesia has secured more than 329 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, most notably from Pfizer and its partner BioNTech, and AstraZeneca.

Those to be used in the first phase are from China's Sinovac , which has named its vaccine CoronaVac.

Indonesia's state-owned drug maker Bio Farma has already dispatched about 714,000 CoronaVac doses to the country's 32 provinces, it said in a statement on Monday.

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