Covid-19

Construction of Cambodia’s first Vaccine Plant Slated to Start

The Ministry of Health has said construction will start on a vaccine production plant that has received support from China’s Sinovac in November
Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health, Youk Sambath, speaks during a press conference, September 15, 2022. Kiripost via government
Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health, Youk Sambath, speaks during a press conference, September 15, 2022. Kiripost via government

Cambodia’s first Covid-19 vaccination plant is scheduled to begin construction in November, according to a Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health.

The Chinese-invested Covid-19 vaccine plant will be built on a 5-hectare plot of land along National Road 5 in Tuol Ampil village in Kandal province.

During a press conference on "Achievements of the Ministry of Health in the Past Five Years" on Thursday, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health, Youk Sambath, said the Ministry of Health has worked hard with vaccine-producers Sinovac regarding the construction of the plant after Prime Minister Hun Sen's decision to build it.

The Ministry of Health has been actively working with Sinovacc and has received support from private partners eager to invest in the plant, she added.

“So far, the private company has filled nearly all of the land in Tuol Ampil village, Ponhea Leu commune, Ponhea Leu district, Kandal province, totaling around 5 hectares,” she said. “The vaccine manufacturing plant adheres to international standards and focuses on packaging and supply.”

She said the company that obtained the license has previous experience produced medication in the nation. In order to build a packaging and supply company, it has gained experience from Sinovac. After the land has been filled, the corporation will begin development, she added.

“For the official launch, the company will request the Royal Government to attend in November 2022. Currently, the construction process is proceeding,” she said.

This vaccine plant will be developed on the basis of medical technology, with large buildings for manufacturing lines, ports, and packing, as well as dormitories for workers and professionals, and a system for storing and discharging medical waste.

The Cambodian government has decided to purchase more than 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccinations to meet demand, from 2024 to 2026. The plant will be used to produce additional vaccines in the future.