Phnom Penh (FN), Feb. 1 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that the Royal Government of Cambodia will prepare 20 million doses of COVID19 vaccines for 10 million Cambodian people for free of charge.

The announcement was made at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Bakheng Water Treatment Plant and the inauguration ceremony of Chamkarmon Water Treatment Plant held Monday morning.

According to the premier, among the 20 million doses of COVID19 vaccines, 11 million doses will be donated by Cambodia’s development partners.

"China donated 1 million doses; World Health Organization provided 7 million doses, and Australia granted USD 28 million to Cambodia for COVID19 vaccines support," said Prime Minister Hun Sen.

He added that the USD 57 million contributed from the King, Queen Mother and other donors will be enough to purchase the vaccines.

As China announced to provide 1 million doses of COVID19 vaccines, its first phase of 300,000 doses of vaccines will arrive Cambodia by February. The premier expects that 500,000 Cambodian people will be vaccinated before Khmer New Year in April 2021.

To date, Cambodia has confirmed 466 cases of COVID19 with 443 recoveries and no death.