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PM refutes news reports on Cambodia rejecting Sinovac

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Banteay Meanchey provincial governor Oum Reatrey (R) distributes Prime Minister Hun Sen’s gifts of food, noodles and bottled water to migrant workers at a quarantine centre. Banteay Meanchey Provincial Administration

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday refuted foreign media reports that Cambodia refuses to accept China’s Sinovac vaccine.

“I have never said such a thing. I have never mentioned this or that vaccine. We accept only vaccines which are recognised by the World Health Organization. The report by foreign medias are not true at all,” Mr Hun Sen  told Fresh News.

“Mr Hun Sen said Cambodia shuns China’s Sinovac vaccine in favour of COVAX shots,” Nikkei Asia wrote in its article.

Or Vandine, Ministry of Health spokeswoman, on December 16 repudiated a report which said: “Cambodia has ordered 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, but not the Chinese products.”

Meanwhile, Mr Hun Sen, on Tuesday added $125,000 in additional aid to Banteay Meanchey province to prepare for Cambodian workers returning from Thailand.

Health Ministry secretary of state Youk Sambath said that supplies include 5,000 general kits, 5,000 boxes of noodles and 10,000 cases of bottled water delivered to Banteay Meanchey province.

Banteay Meanchey deputy director Ly Sary said that the government has taken into account the current situation and is providing adequate accommodation for migrant workers. It is delivering general kits of mosquito nets, blankets, pillows, and mats.

Sek Sokhom, director of the Banteay Meanchey provincial Information Department, said that authorities provided gifts and assistance to nearly 3,000 workers in Banteay Meanchey province, with each worker receiving an equal amount of money and supplies.

“Gifts from the government have already been distributed, such as noodles, cash, water and many other materials,” Sokhom said.

According to the Ministry of Health, more than 120,000 workers have returned from Thailand and are being relocated to border provinces in Cambodia after an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Thai community of Samut Sakhon province.

The Ministry of Health announced yesterday morning that the number of infected migrant workers rose to 33 with six new cases, making a nationwide total of 398.

All the infected patients are currently being treated at the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Referral Hospital.Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday refuted foreign media reports that Cambodia refuses to accept China’s Sinovac vaccine.

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