News ID: 281104
Published: 0407 GMT February 26, 2021

Iran to become major COVID-19 vaccine producer in world: Minister

Iran to become major COVID-19 vaccine producer in world: Minister

Iranian Health Minister Saeid Namaki said on Friday that Iran will turn into a major coronavirus vaccine producer in the next Iranian year, which begins on March 20.

With the efforts of the Iranian youths, Iran will become one of the largest exporters of the coronavirus vaccines in the world, Namaki said, according to IRNA.

Iran’s CovIran Barekat, the country’s first domestically-developed COVID-19 vaccine, has shown 90-percent effectiveness, as confirmed by the first phase of human trials of the inoculation.

Mohammad Reza Salehi, who heads clinical trials for COVIran Barekat, recently said the results of immunogenicity tests on 35 people who volunteered to take part in the first phase of the human trials of the vaccine were better than expected, Press TV reported.

“Preliminary results show that about 90 percent of the people who received two doses of the vaccine exhibit evidence of immunity,” he told IRNA, noting that more testing is needed for more precise results.

Last month, the head of the production team of the Iranian coronavirus vaccine at the Headquarters for Executing the Order of Imam Khomeini said COVIran Barekat also works against the variant of coronavirus that first emerged in the UK.

Iran launched human trials of the vaccine late in December after successfully completing the initial steps, including tests on animals and obtaining the necessary approvals.

By early this month, all 56 volunteers in the first phase of the vaccine’s human trials had received both doses.

Iranian scientists have been working on developing another domestic vaccine against the coronavirus, which is also in the human trial phase.

The second COVID-19 vaccine is a product of the Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute. Razi COV-Pars – an mRNA recombinant vaccine – is administered via injection and inhalation.

In parallel with efforts to develop homemade vaccines, Iran officially began the nationwide vaccination campaign against COVID-19 with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine earlier this month, delivering jabs to frontline health workers in the first phase.

Heath Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari announced on Friday that the number of COVID-19 cases in Iran reached 1,615,184, with 8,103 new cases reported in the past 24 hours.

She added that 69 more patients died of the virus, bringing the total number of deaths to 59,899.



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