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General Tea Banh: The entire army to be vaccinated against COVID-19

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A senior military official receiving the first shot of Sinopharm vaccine at Preah Ket Mealea Hospital this afternoon. KT/Chor Sokuntea

General Tea Banh, Minister of Defense, announced today that all military officers and soldiers in Cambodia will receive COVID-19 vaccine, as they are among the frontliners who work to curb the spread of the disease in Cambodia.

General Banh made this remark today during a press conference at Preah Ket Mealea Hospital, where the senior military officials were receiving the first shots of Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine as the nation begins its vaccination pogramme today.

“The military officials and soldiers are among the people facing the highest risk as they have been assigned to works which are likely to cause them to be exposed to the virus, such as guarding the border and transporting migrant workers who cross the border to quarantine centres,” he said.

He added that the Ministry is now studying the paces and the capacity to roll out the vaccine in the army

“If we have extra vaccine, we will also vaccinate the soldiers’ families,” he said. “But, now, we have to focus on the army first, especially the senior officials and the soldiers and police who are guarding the border.

Of the 600,000 Sinopharm vaccine which arrived in Cambodia last week, the first of the one million doses promised to Cambodia by China, 300,000 does were given to the Defence Ministry for the armed forces, dignitaries, senior ministers, governors, secretaries and undersecretaries of state.

However, General Banh said that he and some other senior officials of the ministry, including his sons, were injected with the Sinopharm vaccine around20 days ago by the Chinese doctors stationed at Preah Ket Mealea Hospital.

“I have to take the vaccine before reporting Samdach Techo Prime Minister,” said General Banh, who is 75 year old, adding he has not suffered from any side effect or health problems since receiving the vaccine.

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