Cambodia shuns China’s Sinovac vaccine in favor of COVAX shots

Funded by the rich, nation orders first batch of 1 million doses.

Cambodia will acquire 1 million doses for its first batch of COVID-19 vaccinations — an effort partly funded by the country’s rich elite — but is not opting for China’s Sinovac shots at this stage.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday that the vaccine stocks had been ordered via the United Nations-backed COVAX facility, which subsidizes vaccines for 92 lower income countries.

The program — run by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance — provides support for poor countries to acquire vaccines for 20% of their populations, though beneficiary states may be required to share costs of up to $2 per dose. It will provide access to treatments approved by the World Health Organization, which is yet to endorse any vaccine candidates.

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