Australia has announced a $500 million regional vaccine access and health security initiative and committed to supporting affordable vaccines in Cambodia.
The initiative was announced by Australia’s Foreign Minister and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne together with the Ministers for Health and International Development and the Pacific.
“Australia remains committed to supporting equitable access to safe and affordable vaccines, including in Cambodia,” Australian Embassy in Cambodia said in a statement today.
“There is no higher priority for countries in our region than access to COVID-19 vaccines. A fast, safe vaccine rollout in Southeast Asia will mean Cambodia, Australia, and our region can return to more normal travel, tourism, and trade,” added the statement.
It said the initiative will make a significant contribution to responding to the demand for vaccines in Southeast Asia.
It will also include procurement and provision of vaccines, evaluation of vaccine safety and efficacy according to World Health Organization guidelines, and technical support for vaccination policies and plans, said the statement.