China’s Academy of Military Medical Science has reportedly received the approval of its COVID-19 vaccines from its government.
The Chinese embassy in Phnom Penh said yesterday vaccines were developed by epidemiologist Chen Wei.
“China has finished preliminary preparation work for the production of safe, effective and qualified COVID-19 vaccines for large-scale [consumption that meets] international standards and domestic regulations,” it said.
According to the World Health Organization, there have been 179,111 global cases, including 7,426 deaths, as of Tuesday.
The government has confirmed 37 cases of the virus in the Kingdom.
Or Vandine, spokeswoman for the Health Ministry, said yesterday hearing about vaccines being developed in China is good news, but the WHO still needs to give the final approval.
“Experiments and final confirmation from the WHO are needed,” Ms Vandine said. “If the WHO approves, we will acquire vaccines because we are waiting for them as well.”
Health Ministry officials on Monday requested the Chinese government to assist fighting COVID-19 in the Kingdom following a sharp rise in newly recorded cases.
“We are waiting for an answer from China because we need their experience in curbing the spread of [the coronavirus],” Ms Vandine said.
Xu Min, a political adviser at the Chinese embassy, said: “[The vaccines] will come, but we do not know when.”
During a press conference yesterday, Ms Vandine said the COVID-19 disease was discovered in two Malaysian nationals who had returned to the Kingdom after attending a religious gathering overseas.
She said the public must protect themselves by practising good hygiene and applying precautionary measures, such as social distancing.
She said the two foreign nationals were travelling with 70 Cambodians from Malaysia, adding those infected from the group will be quarantined in the Great Duke Hotel in Phnom Penh.
“We have trained about 2,000 doctors who will be deployed throughout the country,” she said, replying to critics who claimed the ministry lacked doctors. “The ministry would like to ask everyone to join the fight against COVID-19.”
“We have the people who are working and standing by 24 hours per day,” Ms Vandine said.