Cambodia’s strongman government is seldom acclaimed, at least in the West, where the country’s leaders are frequently denounced for dysfunction, corruption and crackdowns on dissent.
But by any measure, Cambodia’s COVID-19 vaccination program has been a major success. More than 98% of all Cambodian adults have been jabbed at least once. Full vaccination is at 65% of the population and rising; Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh may be the most COVID-19-inoculated capital city in the world.
The country’s gross domestic product is smaller than the economy of Huntsville, Alabama. And yet, Cambodia’s 15 million population is, when it comes to vaccinations, far ahead of US states such as Alabama, Texas and Ohio. Its full vaccination rate is on par with that of New York state.