Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen inoculated against COVID-19

PHNOM PENH (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen was inoculated yesterday with a vaccine supplied by the World Health Organization’s COVAX initiative, as a plan to immunise up to two-thirds of the country’s population was on track to be completed by the end of the year.

Hun Sen received a shot donated by India, one of 324,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine that arrived on Tuesday.

His vaccination comes as Cambodia fights to quell a fresh surge in infections that has mostly affected the Chinese community in Sihanoukville, a city home to the country’s main port and huge Chinese investments and construction projects.

Hun Sen said travel to and from the city was being restricted.

Cambodia reported 31 new virus cases yesterday, for a total 909 since the pandemic began.

The latest outbreak has been traced to a foreign resident who broke hotel quarantine on February 4 and went to a nightclub. That caused a slew of infections and led the government on February 20 to announce a two-week closure of all public schools, cinemas and entertainment areas in Phnom Penh.