Cambodia approves emergency use of Covid vaccines

Sinovac and AstraZeneca jabs authorized as concerns grow over workers returning from Thailand.

Cambodia’s Ministry of Health has authorized the emergency use of China’s Sinovac and Britain’s AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines despite concerns over their efficacy rates and whether they are effective against the UK variant.

Prime Minister Hun Sen has approved immediate use of the vaccines, according to the ministry’s statement dated Feb. 12.

The government wants to inoculate about 80 percent of Cambodia’s 16 million people against the disease in a country that has weathered the pandemic relatively well compared with elsewhere.

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