The Chinese Government Gives a Million Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine to Cambodian Royal Government
(Phnom Penh): Samdech Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of Cambodia, at night of January 15 2021 announced that the Chinese Government provided a million dose of COVID-19 vaccine to the Cambodian Royal Government to inject for approximately 500, 000 Cambodians. Samdech Techo announced through a special voicemail sending to Cambodian people on social media. In the voicemail, Samdech Techo stressed that, at the beginning Samdech announced of receiving a vaccine, which has been recognized from the World Health Organization (WTO). But in the context of Cambodia which is receiving the pandemic as today is not able to wait anymore, so Cambodia decided to use COVID-19 vaccine. Not just this reason, according to Samdech Techo expressed that anti–COVID-19 vaccine has been already used by the leaderships of Chinese government, President and the people of Indonesia and the millions people around the world. Samdech Techo confirmed that “we are not able to wait anymore, the need of defending nation and the people from being infected by fierce infectious disease, we are to use a vaccine, to be already used by the leaderships of the Chinese government and million peoples, and some other countries including Indonesia which the President of Indonesia also got the first vaccine was the vaccine of the People Republic of China”. Samdech Techo added “we cannot continue waiting, due to the need of defending the welfare of our people, which nowadays and yesterday there were up to 15 cases of infection and today there are additional 10 cases of infection, which all of infected cases were from Thailand, as our neighboring country. So we have necessity in using this vaccine for defending”. According to Samdech Techo HUN SEN, as of today not only Chinese vaccine, but also other countries’ vaccines are not yet known for their validity or effectiveness. But for the Chinese leader has used a Chinese vaccine since October 2020. Samdech Techo expressed that “I believe that this vaccine will help us facilitate a part of matters. Even though, we do not know real effectiveness. Not just Chinese vaccines, but vaccines in every country are not yet know how many months or years or how long they last. But however, I known that Chinese leader got injected since October”. Samdech Techo Prime Minister continued that “so far, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi of the People Republic of China is in good health and goes almost all the places. Now he is also in visit in our Southeast Asia region, after he visited in Africa”. So the experience of foreign minister Wang Yi, who is a vital leader of China, provided us confidence that it has no any risk to the lives of humans for using Chinese vaccines”. Samdech Techo stressed that anti-COVID-19 vaccine of the Chinese government that Cambodia took to use is a Sinofam vaccine. Samdech Techo told of reason for using a Sinofam vaccine is because of it can be maintained at 2 to 8 degrees above zero, easy to store, if compared with some countries’ vaccines that require being stored at 70 degrees under zero. Additionally, the using of Chinese vaccine is easy for transportation. Samdech Techo HUN SEN thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and Chinese Defense Minister for providing donations to Royal Cambodian Armed Forces. Samdech Techo expressed through the support on Royal Cambodian Armed Forces is Cambodia will use for all front-line units. Samdech Techo also confirmed beside of a million dose of anti-Covid-19 vaccine, as the China’s assistance Cambodia will continue seeking vaccines for injecting on 10 million or up to 13 million Cambodians due to the requirement for getting vaccine injected on people up to 80% of Cambodian people. According to Samdech Techo HUN SEN, the prioritized people to be given vaccine are: those who have been around the King, Samdech Techo, President of Senate, President of the National Assembly, doctors, teachers, all kinds of armed forces, all parts of justice polices, and all sanitation staffs who get involved in providing services, motor taxi drivers, three wheel cart drivers and taxi drivers, act. Samdech Techo expressed the vaccine injection will be conducted free of charge and based on volunteering principle. Despite of having a vaccine, Samdech Techo called for citizens to continue upholding the measures of the Ministry of Health in defending Covid-19 disease.