COVAX comes through for Cambodia with more COVID-19 vaccines
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Phnom Penh, 15 November 2021 – Touching down in Cambodia today were 324,000 more doses of COVID-19 vaccines, delivered through the COVAX Facility. The COVAX Facility is a partnership, co-led by Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi-The Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization (WHO), alongside key delivery partner United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). As the largest single vaccine buyer in the world, UNICEF is the leading procurement and supply agency for COVAX.
More than 9.6 million adults 18 years and above (97% of this targeted population) have been fully vaccinated. Cambodia remains one of the top countries in the world for COVID-19 vaccination roll-out. The Kingdom’s comprehensive coverage is being bolstered by the Government’s booster shot campaign, which began on 11 October and has reinforced the immunity of more than 2 million people so far.
Today’s donation of AstraZeneca vaccines through COVAX is one of several COVAX allocations made to Cambodia already, making the number of vaccine doses delivered to Cambodia via COVAX a total of 2,840,400 doses, to date.
As well as supporting the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, UNICEF continues to support the immunization programmes of the Cambodian Government through planning, cold chain and vaccine management, demand generation, capacity building, and risk communication and community engagement with a focus on the most vulnerable.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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