PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) – When Cambodia began vaccinating against COVID-19, queues stretched across streets and people left their shoes on to guard the grounds while protecting themselves from the sun. But three months later, only 11% of the population had received at least one dose. In Japan, a much richer country, it took another two weeks to reach that number.
The two countries are now among the best vaccination rates in the world. They are two of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region that started their vaccination campaigns slowly, but later overtook the United States and many European countries.