Cambodia on Sunday received its first batch of 600,000 doses of novel coronavirus vaccine donated by China.

Prime Minister Hun Sen, together with his Cabinet members, welcomed their delivery by a Chinese military aircraft at Phnom Penh International Airport.

Electron micrograph shows the novel coronavirus. (Photo courtesy of U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)(Kyodo)

Hun Sen told reporters that China will donate a total of 1 million doses of its Sinopharm vaccine, half of which will be given to the Health Ministry with the rest going to the Defense Ministry.

In addition to Cambodia, China is providing COVID-19 vaccines to such Asian developing countries as Pakistan, Nepal, the Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, Sri Lanka and Mongolia.

Cambodia, a country of some 16 million people, has managed to control the pandemic, recording just 474 infection cases with no deaths as of Sunday.