One of the less heralded recent aspects of the COVID-19 story in Southeast Asia has been Cambodia’s remarkable success in vaccine distribution. As of September 6, just over two-thirds of the country’s population had received at least one dose of vaccine, while 53 percent were fully vaccinated. This is the highest number in Southeast Asia outside wealthy Singapore, which has now fully vaccinated more than three-quarters of its population.
It also compares strikingly well to Cambodia’s wealthier neighbors, including Malaysia (49 percent fully vaccinated), Brunei (25 percent), Thailand (11 percent), and Vietnam (3.4 percent). (All of these figures are available via Our World In Data.)
As one would expect, vaccination levels in Southeast Asia roughly correlate to levels of economic development. Cambodia is the exception: the nation with the second lowest per capita GDP in ASEAN, it is also, as mentioned above, the nation that has the second highest per capita vaccination rate.
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