Cambodia Vaccine Push Offers Window Into Elite Networks

A list of prominent vaccine fund donors constitutes a who’s who of the country’s economic elite.

As the world begins the long pivot from COVID-19 containment to measures to quash it with the procurement and distribution of vaccines, Cambodia has joined the list of countries that are moving to secure access to the vital inoculations.

On December 7, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that he had instructed the Ministry of Economy and Finance to prepare a budget for the purchase of 1 million vaccine doses. “I have instructed the Minister of Health and the Minister of Economy and Finance to be prepared,” the Cambodian leader posted on Facebook. “Save money to buy this vaccine and give it to our people for free as a first step.”

He said that these would be doled out free of charge to frontline medical workers and others at high risk of contracting the disease.

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