If this, a total of 8,383,911 have been fully vaccinated. The vaccination process has slowed to some degree as at one point in time, in June, four million people had been vaccinated but in August the progress has slowed significantly, thus hampering the Government’s drive to have full inoculation by November.

In recent days, numbers vaccinated averaged 20,000 a day when it was hundreds of thousands before.

Although Mekong Strategic Partners (MSP) had in a mid-August report said that Cambodia’s vaccine rollout was remarkable, dramatically outperforming many developed and developing nations, and that it should complete its vaccine programme eight months ahead of plan and up to 12 months before neighbouring countries, the relatively slow pace in recent weeks is of concern.

MSP had also that Cambodia still remains one of the first countries in the world to be rolling out booster shots and vaccinating children. It started with adolescents aged 12 to 17 and is now preparing to vaccinate children aged 10 and 11 to enable schools to re-open in a safe manner with school-going children having achieved herd immunity.

A total of 3,502,443 people has received the Sinopharm anti-Covid vaccines, the first vaccines to land in Cambodia, followed by 4,789,400 vaccinated with Sinovac vaccines, Johnson & Johnson with 902,632, leaving less than 100,000 of these vaccines left in stores, 349794 have received AstraZeneca as their first and second dose while AstraZeneca vaccines, totaling 660,292 vaccines have been as booster 3rd doses to front liner workers in seven provinces facing Thailand since 8 August.

Booster shots to further bolster immune response in light of the highly contagious Delta variant are scheduled for completion by mid-2022.

Chinese-made Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines could be administered as booster shots in Cambodia because of their plentiful availability as the Kingdom faces difficulty in getting shipments of the committed 3.3 million Covid-19 vaccines from the Covax initiative and the shrinking numbers of AstraZeneca vaccines.

According to khmertimeskh.com