BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Cambodia vaccinating children as young as six

Cambodia vaccinating children as young as six

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia yesterday (Sept 17) began vaccinating children as young as six against the coronavirus, even though the World Health Organisation (WHO) has yet to approve a vaccine for the under-12s.

ChineseCoronavirusCOVID-19Vaccine
By AFP

Saturday 18 September 2021, 10:35AM


A granddaughter of Prime Minister Hun Sen receives a dose of Sinovac coronavirus vaccine at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh yesterday (Sept 17), as Cambodia begins vaccinating children aged between six and 12. Photo: AFP

A granddaughter of Prime Minister Hun Sen receives a dose of Sinovac coronavirus vaccine at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh yesterday (Sept 17), as Cambodia begins vaccinating children aged between six and 12. Photo: AFP

The country has won praise for its swift vaccination programme, which has seen more than 98% of the adult population receive at least one dose, according to the health ministry.

The latest phase of the drive began with the grandchildren of Prime Minister Hun Sen and other officials receiving a Sinovac shot in front of reporters in Phnom Penh.

“It is necessary for us to do this because we have to step ahead,” Hun Sen said.

Cambodia plans to give two shots of the Chinese-made vaccine to children aged six to 12, with a third booster dose later.

Sinovac has been approved for adult use in more than 50 countries, while China has cleared it for use in children.

But health experts are not yet sure about the advisability of vaccinating younger children. The WHO has urged countries to hold off jabbing those under 12.

“More evidence is needed on the use of the different COVID-19 vaccines in children to be able to make general recommendations,” the UN health agency said.

A global study on the effectiveness of the Sinovac shot on youngsters aged between six months and 17 years was launched last week.

The research will involve 14,000 children and teenagers in South Africa, Chile, Kenya, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Phuket Property

But Hun Sen, the strongman who has ruled Cambodia for over three decades, dismissed safety concerns.

“Cambodia has its duty to protect the lives of its people and has a duty to reopen the economy, including education,” he said.

After Singapore, Cambodia has ranked second for the speed of its vaccination programme in Southeast Asia.

The country has inoculated roughly 72% of its 16 million population with two doses, putting it well ahead of larger, wealthier neighbours Thailand and Vietnam.

Since the pandemic began, the country has recorded 102,000 COVID infections and 2,078 deaths.

A report by the Mekong Strategic Partners consultancy attributed the success of the vaccination drive to a strategy based on location rather than age cohorts, low vaccine hesitancy, compulsory jabs for public officials and a broad-based approach to procurement.

The lion’s share of Cambodia’s jabs have come from China - Sinovac and Sinopharm - but the country is also using some UK developed AstraZeneca and American Johnson & Johnson doses.

Schools in some lower-risk parts of the country reopened this week and Hun Sen said a pilot scheme to reopen the borders to tourists was under consideration.

Visitors would be exempt from a 14-day hotel quarantine but would have to stay in particular provinces for at least seven days.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
We can’t go back to our old ways, Phuket marine industry cautioned

Unfortunately Thai 'experts' do not care about what foreigners say- at the end of the day it...(Read More)


Phuket marks 118 new COVID cases, six more deaths

Interesting... so almost no deaths before the vaccine rollout, and after the vaccine rollout with mo...(Read More)


Three schemes set to welcome visitors

Kurt I had to accept the sugar water as that's all I could get. Second dose was AZ though and I...(Read More)


Three schemes set to welcome visitors

Please choose from: 1) Confusing, 2) A lot more confusing and 3) Slightly less confusing and subjec...(Read More)


When insurance skips a beat

S Africa? It used to be Libya which was only because of dismal emergency services and Thailand was...(Read More)


Thailand to welcome visitors from 46 countries from Nov 1

With the Delta sub-variant on the rise in UK and presumably elsewhere, Russia's use of an also ...(Read More)


Three schemes set to welcome visitors

@JohnC, agree 100% with you, But some, here chosen the expats, have to fill up the financial earning...(Read More)


Thailand Pass starts Nov 1, refunds on COE bookings allowed

Patience Captain Jack, all will be revealed on Oct 30th, doubtless a few U-turns in the meantime - m...(Read More)


Phuket local food served in domestic tourism push

Empty words 'lure, world class, upgrading, plans launched, raise standard local food service'...(Read More)


When insurance skips a beat

His claim that Thailand has the second worst traffic fatalities behind South Africa is simply not tr...(Read More)