Cambodia's COVID-19 vaccination coverage reaches almost 85 pct of total population

Source: Xinhua| 2021-10-16 18:28:55|Editor: huaxia
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PHNOM PENH, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia has administered at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines to 13.57 million people, or 84.84 percent of its 16-million population, health ministry's secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine said on Saturday.

Of them, 12.43 million, or 77.7 percent, have been fully inoculated with both required shots, and 1.28 million, or 8 percent, have received a third dose or booster dose, she said in a report.

"As of Oct. 15, some 99.41 percent of 10 million target adults, 90.2 percent of nearly 2 million target adolescents aged from 12 to under 18, and 97.98 percent of almost 1.9 million target children aged from six to under 12 have taken at least one vaccine dose," Vandine said.

The Southeast Asian nation launched a COVID-19 vaccination drive in February, with China being the key vaccine supplier.

World Health Organization (WHO) representative to Cambodia Li Ailan said Cambodia's high vaccination coverages provided a good basis for reopening economy and society safely and responsibly.

"However, COVID-19 vaccination alone is not enough. We need a good combination of vaccination, public health and social measures (PHSM) and health care capacity," she wrote on social media.

Cambodia reported 267 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, lifting the national total caseload to 116,407, the health ministry said, adding that 24 new fatalities were confirmed, bringing the overall death toll to 2,634.

Additional 311 patients recovered, taking the total number of recoveries to 110,465, the health ministry said. Enditem

KEY WORDS: Cambodia,Vaccination