News ID: 270795
Published: 1002 GMT June 29, 2020

Iran eyes producing homegrown COVID-19 vaccine by yearend: Official

Iran eyes producing homegrown COVID-19 vaccine by yearend: Official

Iran is seeking to produce homemade vaccine for the COVID-19 before termination of the current year [to end March 20, 2021], said the director-general of Research and Technology Development Office of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

Hossein Vatanpour also said number of knowledge-based Iranian companies are trying to produce coronavirus vaccine, adding that one of these companies will offer its achievements by the yearend, Mehr News Agency reported.

He further pointed out that Iranian HPV and seasonal influenza vaccines will be produced and hit the market by the end of the current year.

The environment of producing vaccine and ensuring its effectiveness are the two important issues, he said, adding, “The vaccine production environment should be isolated which is underway for producing coronavirus vaccine.”

Iran is moving forward in tandem with other advanced countries equally in a way that salient achievements taken in the country can compete with international achievements, he said.

Currently, three knowledge-based firms are active in producing HPV [Human Papillomavirus Vaccine] in the country, he added.

According to the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, the total number of infections in the country with the novel coronavirus is standing at 222,669.

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