Cambodia forms ad-hoc committee for COVID-19 vaccination

2021-03-17 08:05:59 GMT2021-03-17 16:05:59(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

PHNOM PENH, March 17 (Xinhua) -- The Cambodian government on Wednesday established an ad-hoc committee for COVID-19 vaccination, according to a decision signed by Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen.

In the decision, Hun Sen appointed Ministry of Health Secretary of State Or Vandine as the committee's chairperson and 46 other officials from relevant ministries and institutions as the committee's deputy chairpersons and members.

"The committee has roles and duties to manage and lead the vaccination process across the country," the prime minister said.

He said the committee also has obligations to train medical staff for vaccination process and allocate vaccines to inoculation sites nationwide.

The Southeast Asian nation has launched a COVID-19 vaccination campaign with vaccines from China's Sinopharm and Indian-made AstraZeneca.

As of Tuesday, 255,817 people in the priority groups had been inoculated with the Sinopharm vaccine, and 41,768 with the AstraZeneca vaccine, according to a government report.

In a voice message posted on his official Facebook page on Tuesday, Hun Sen said Cambodia has planned to vaccinate at least 10 million of its 16 million population. Enditem

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