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Published: 0746 GMT July 09, 2020

Iran to start human testing of COVID vaccine in 2 months

Iran to start human testing of COVID vaccine in 2 months

The initial laboratory phase of Iran’s coronavirus vaccine has been performed and the country will begin human testing of homegrown COVID-19 vaccine within two months, Chancellor of Iran University of Medical Sciences Jalil Kouhpayeh-Zaddeh has said.

Referring to the international efforts made to find coronavirus vaccine, the official noted that more than 10 groups are working and researching on production of coronavirus vaccine inside Iran with two of them finding more acceptable results, Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported on July 9.

He estimated it is possible to produce types of the vaccine by fall or early winter which will be suitable to be even introduced to the international markets.

Vaccine compounds have several phases, and the types of vaccines are different, he added, saying that some vaccines will be used for weak viruses, others for recombinant viral compounds, and some may be made with new methods.

He said the vaccine’s mass-production will start hence its primary steps complete successfully.

Previously, Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki announced that Iran has taken good steps in making the COVID-19 vaccine, mentioning that the animal model of this vaccine has successfully been tested by Iranian scientists.

The fatal virus is still claiming a high number of Iranian lives. According to spokeswoman of Ministry of Health Sima Sadat Lari, the total death toll exceeded 12,000 on July 8, one day after Iran has recorded its highest death number by 200 cases in one single day since the outbreak began in the country in February.

On July 4, President Hassan Rouhani launched new measures to try to curb the renewed spread of the fatal disease. Iranians who do not wear masks will be denied state services and workplaces that fail to comply with health protocols will be shut for a week, he said.

Resource: MNA
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