Prime Minister Hun Sen has asked the Indian government to provide vaccine assistance to Cambodia.
The request was made by Mr Hun Sen during his meeting with Devyani Uttamkhobragade, Indian Ambassador to Cambodia at the Peace Palace this morning.
“Through the ambassador, Samdech Hun Sen requested the Indian government provide COVID-19 vaccine to Cambodia,” said Eang Sophalleth, personal assistant to the Prime Minister after the meeting.
“In the reply, Ms Ambassador pledged to submit the request to her government,” he said.
Sophalleth added that Indian-made vaccines-Covishield and Covaxin- can be stored at a temperature of 18 degrees Celsius, which is suitable for Cambodia.
India yesterday began one of the world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccination programmes, the first major developing country to roll out the vaccine, marking the beginning of an effort to immunise more than 1.3 billion people.
The first dose was administered to a health worker at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi kickstarted the campaign with a national televised speech.
India so far has the world’s second-largest known caseload of COVID-19 with more than 10.5 million coronavirus infections and over 152,000 deaths.