Coronavirus: Cambodia ‘not shunning’ China vaccines

Cambodian Ministry of Health says report misquoted Prime Minister Hun Sen as saying country would not buy supplies from China.

The Cambodian Ministry of Health has rejected media reports that Prime Minister Hun Sen has publicly shunned the use of Chinese coronavirus vaccines.

Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said on Wednesday evening that a media outlet had falsely quoted a speech made by Hun Sen on Tuesday. Without naming the outlet, she said it had claimed Cambodia would not buy Covid-19 vaccines from China.

She said Hun Sen actually said Cambodia would only use vaccines approved by the World Health Organization. He also announced that the country would take part in the WHO-led Covax Facility vaccine scheme which grants lower income countries enough vaccines to inoculate 20 per cent of their population.

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