The Phnom Penh Post

One million doses of Sinovac vaccine set to arrive this month

- Mom Kunthear

ANOTHER 500,000 doses of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines are set to arrive on May 11, with an additional 500,000 doses expected to touch down on May 15, according to a senior Ministry of Health official.

This comes as the novel coronaviru­s is now present throughout the country, with Ratanakkir­i province recording its first cases on May 9.

The Kingdom has thus far vaccinated more than 1.7 million people.

Health ministry secretary of state York Sambath – who is also the head of technical operations and supplies for the inter-ministeria­l working group to combat Covid-19 – said the total one million doses of Sinovac vaccines were purchased by the Cambodian government.

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced last week that all people who live in the red zones would be vaccinated and that shortages would not present an issue to completing that goal.

“I would like to make it clear that in the red zone we can’t just walk away before everyone there is vaccinated. I want to emphasise that the vaccines we have will be enough to inoculate 520,000 people in the red zones because one million doses of vaccines are scheduled to arrive between shipments on May 11 and May 15,” he said.

He said that after all red zones residents are vaccinated, the rest of the people in Phnom Penh and Kandal province will be immunised too.

On May 10, the sub-commission on Covid-19 vaccinatio­ns of the Phnom Penh Municipal Administra­tion set up 40 sites to vaccinate Phnom Penh residents with Sinovac in Tuol Kork, Boeung Keng Kang, Russey Keo and Sen Sok districts.

The municipali­ty said the first doses were scheduled to be administer­ed to people from May 13-30 and the second shots from June 3-20.

Additional­ly, the vaccinatio­n working groups at the Ministry of National Defence have vaccinated

399,617 people nine days into the 30-day campaign in the red zones across six districts. Nationwide, 1,773,994 people had been vaccinated as of May 10.

The novel coronaviru­s has now spread throughout the Kingdom with Ratanakkir­i province finally recording its first cases on May 9.

According to an announceme­nt by the provincial administra­tion, the first two cases were detected through the Rapid Antigen Test kit for Covid-19 at the border with Stung Treng province.

The Covid-19 positive persons were identified as a driver of a transporta­tion company and a worker based in

Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district.

The two are being treated at a Covid-19 treatment centre in Trapaing Kraham high school in Kon Mom district’s Trapaing Kraham commune.

The provincial administra­tion called on those who have had contact with the duo to have their specimens taken for testing and to selfquaran­tine.

Ratanakkir­i deputy provincial governor Nhem Samoeun told The Post on May 10 that it was too early for the authority to lock down any parts of the province, saying they are doing their best to search for those who had direct and indirect contacts with the patients.

Health ministry spokeswoma­n Or Vandine said on May 10 that everyone may try to forget the virus, but the virus will not forget them. She said she did not want to imagine more Covid-19 tragedies in the future and that these tragedies can only be avoided through a concerted effort from everyone in correctly implementi­ng the precaution­ary measures.

“What we should do is practice the three prevention­s and three don’ts measures,” she said.

As of May 10, Cambodia haf recorded nearly 20,000 Covid-19 cases including 126 fatalities.

 ?? RATANAKKIR­I PROVINCIAL ADMINISTRA­TION ?? Officers place barricades on a road leading to Ratanakkir­i province.
RATANAKKIR­I PROVINCIAL ADMINISTRA­TION Officers place barricades on a road leading to Ratanakkir­i province.

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