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More than 15 million people in Cambodia receive COVID-19 vaccine

MGO News 05-15


After more than 15 months, Cambodia has successfully administered at lease one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 15 million people as of May 14.

Vaccinations in Cambodia began on February 10, 2021 and since then, despite some hiccups here and there, the magical 15 million people vaccinated mark has been crossed yesterday with the number now standing at 15,000,782.

Those who have received their second dose now stand at 14,259,682 while those who have received their third dose stands at 8,979,639 while those who have received four doses have crossed two million and now stands at 2,185,016.

All these numbers are based on 2019 census which placed the Cambodian population at 16 million people.

The current population of Cambodia is 17,149,235 as of Saturday, May 14, 2022, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Cambodia is now considering inoculating two-year-old children against Covid-19 and administering fifth dose jabs to eligible adults to curtail the spread of the virus.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said such actions may be necessary as Covid-19 virus is continuing to mutate itself into various variants, and people all ages have to be shielded against it.

“I am considering inoculating the two-year-old kids as they too need to build their immunity and be protected so that when the virus gets them it will lead to a mild case and not severe,” he said, during a meeting in Washington DC with Cambodians living in the US and Canada.

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s remarks came as the US  is trudging into what could be another COVID-19 surge, with cases rising nationally and in most states after a two-month decline. No one expects a peak nearly as high as the last one, when the contagious omicron version of the coronavirus ripped through the population.

But experts warn that the coming wave – caused by a mutant called BA.2 that’s thought to be about 30% more contagious – will wash across the nation and push up hospitalizations in a growing number of states in the coming weeks. And the case wave will be bigger than it looks, they say, because reported numbers are vast undercounts as more people test at home without reporting their infections or skip testing altogether

Source: Khmer Times

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