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Cambodia shuns China's Sinovac vaccine in favor of COVAX shots

Funded by the rich, nation orders first batch of 1 million doses

A captured image from his Facebook page shows Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen addressing the nation on Dec. 15.

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia will acquire 1 million doses for its first batch of COVID-19 vaccinations -- an effort partly funded by the country's rich elite -- but is not opting for China's Sinovac shots at this stage.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday that the vaccine stocks had been ordered via the United Nations-backed COVAX facility, which subsidizes vaccines for 92 lower income countries.

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