News ID: 280059
Published: 0241 GMT January 29, 2021

Iran reports 71 coronavirus deaths

Iran reports 71 coronavirus deaths

Iran’s Health Ministry reported 71 deaths from the coronavirus from Thursday to Friday, bringing the total death toll to 57,807.

The ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said that 6,573 people tested positive for the virus during the same period, putting the total number of cases at 1,405,414, IRNA reported.

The ministry’s spokeswoman said that at least 1,196,374 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far, or have been discharged from hospitals.

Lari added that 3,990 COVID-19 patients are in critical conditions and under treatment in intensive care units in the hospitals.

The Food and Drug Administration of Iran has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to Sputnik V, a coronavirus vaccine made by Russia’s Gamaleya Center, Tasnim wrote.

Spokesperson for the organization Kianoush Jahanpour said on Thursday that the authorization to use the Russian-made vaccine in Iran has been granted in the 24th meeting of a committee that evaluates the qualification of medicine and biologics before production and imports.

He said the committee has given Emergency Use Authorization for the Sputnik V vaccine made by the Gamaleya Center of Russia in the form of freeze-dried solution.

Jahanpour noted that the Food and Drug Administration of Iran is carrying out evaluation of other vaccines made in India, China and Russia.

Speaking at a press conference after talks with his Russian counterpart in Moscow on Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed hope that Iran would soon engage in buying the vaccine, and that the countries’ relevant medical facilities would begin cooperating on the vaccine in the near future.

“In the near future, we hope to be able to purchase it, as well as start joint production.”


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