Prime Minister Hun Sen said that the Ministers of Health and Finance have already signed a deal to obtain 20 percent of a vaccine through COVAX.
In his address to the nation about a possible purchase of COVID-19 vaccine via TVK national television today, Mr Hun Sen said questions have been raised about the sourcing of a vaccine for Cambodian people.
“We have already done some of this work. It has not yet arrived,” he said, noting that vaccine must be obtained through COVAX.
He said COVAX will give Cambodia 20 percent or about 3.2 million of the population and they requested Cambodia pay five percent of the budget.
He said the government has already allocated $100 million to purchase a vaccine.
However, Mr Hun Sen said that he would not allow Cambodians for a vaccine trial conducted by any country or company unless it is approved by the WHO.
“Cambodia buys only vaccines from countries that are approved by the WHO,” he said.
“Cambodians are not vaccine trials for any countries,” Mr Hun Sen said. “We are willing to sit back and wear facemasks and are waiting [for the vaccine to get approved].”