Cambodia may miss out on Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine due to late request

Russia has received international requests for 1 billion doses of its vaccine. However, Cambodia may not be on top of the list unless there is political goodwill.

Mass production is expected to begin in September, 2020. Russia, which has seen almost 1 million cases of COVID-19, said that it would be able to provide 500 million doses of Sputnik V per year.

On Aug 11, 2020, Russia became the first country in the world to approve a vaccine against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The vaccine, which is based on two adenovirus vectors, was developed by the Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology (Moscow, Russia).

Prime Minister Hun Sen had earlier last week requested Russia to provide COVID-19 vaccine to Cambodia in a move to stem spread of the virus across the country. This request was made during a meeting between Mr Hun Sen and Anatoly Borovik, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Cambodia.

The vaccine is financed by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the country’s sovereign wealth fund. Kirill………. 

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