PHNOM PENH: The inaugural delivery of Covid vaccines under the Quad’s flagship Vaccine Partnership was made in Cambodia on 12 April 2022. Ambassador of India to Cambodia, Ms. Devyani Khobragade, along with representatives from the Embassies of Australia, Japan and USA to Cambodia, jointly handed over a consignment of 325,000 doses of Made in India Covishield vaccines to the Prime Minister of Cambodia, H.E. Mr. Hun Sen, at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh. The vaccines have been gifted by India as part of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s commitment to donate 500,000 doses of Covid vaccines to the Indo-Pacific under the Quad vaccine initiative.
The Quad Vaccine Partnership was announced by the Quad Leaders at their first Summit on 12 March 2021. It aims to leverage Quad’s collective strength to ensure global availability of safe and effective vaccines by expanding manufacturing and assisting countries in the Indo-Pacific with vaccination. Quad countries agreed to provide over 1.2 billion doses of Covid vaccines globally under this initiative.
Quad countries have collectively so far provided Cambodia with close to five million Covid vaccine doses bilaterally and through COVAX. Quad countries have also provided last mile delivery assistance to ensure that vaccines are translated into vaccinations. Australia and Japan have provided cold storage equipment, freezers and temperature monitors along with equipment for safety of health care workers. The US has provided assistance with surveillance and contact tracing, case investigation, training health care workers and data management.
The Cambodian government has conveyed its appreciation for the vaccines received from Quad through India and for its collective assistance to Cambodia. Quad countries have assured Cambodia about their desire to extend all possible support to combat the pandemic.