"We have pre-purchased 16.8 million coronavirus vaccines from the World Health Organization's COVAX and we have joint production with other countries, and the clinical trial of these vaccines is performed in Iran," Namaki told IRNA on the sidelines of the National Coronavirus Vaccine Committee meeting in Tehran.
He added, "No vaccine company has so far received a production certificate from the World Health Organization. Some vaccine manufacturers are in the final stages of receiving WHO certification, and as soon as they receive it, I hope we would be able to pre-purchase the vaccine from them," he said.
However, efforts are underway to produce the vaccine domestically with the help of knowledge-based companies, Namaki said, noting that one of the knowledge-based companies received a license for human trial.
If these efforts continue, Iran we will be one of the leading producers of vaccine in the region and will be able to meet its needs by the spring, said the minister.