News ID: 291449
Published: 0400 GMT March 08, 2021

Iran reports over 8,300 new coronavirus cases

Iran reports over 8,300 new coronavirus cases

Iran reported 8,313 new coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period, bringing the total number of new cases to 1,698,005.

Health Ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Monday that the virus claimed the lives of 99 people from Sunday to Monday, putting the total death toll at 60,786, according to IRNA.

She also said that more than 1,449,300 patients have recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals across the country so far.

Among those undergoing treatment at present, 3,804 are being kept in the intensive care units of medical centers because of critical health conditions, she said.

Iran has managed to significantly decrease the number of fatalities in recent months. 

President Hassan Rouhani on Monday expressed hope that the year 1400 (next year in the Iranian calendar starting from March 21) would be the year of the Iranian nation to achieve great successes in combating coronavirus and the economic war.

"Next year, enough foreign vaccines would be imported as well as the production of home-made vaccines, and all these measures can create better conditions so that we can counter COVID-19,” according to Iran Press.

On Thursday, Iranian customs authorities took delivery of a third batch of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccines as the country moves ahead with a nation-wide immunization drive against the coronavirus pandemic, according to Press TV.

Sputnik V has proven efficient in curing the potentially fatal respiratory disease in 91.6 percent of the cases. The effectiveness of the vaccine, therefore, ranks as high as those produced by American pharmaceutical giants Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna or AstraZeneca, a similar British company.

The Islamic Republic has also developed its own cure.

Iran launched the first phase in the human trial of its second COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute on February 7.

Razi COV-Pars, administered via injection and inhalation, is an mRNA recombinant vaccine that reconstructs a harmless piece of the virus’ spike protein.  

Iran’s first COVID-19 vaccine, named Coviran Barekat, was produced by experts at the Headquarters for Executing the Order of Imam Khomeini.

It went into human trial last December after successfully completing the initial phases and obtaining necessary approvals.

Iran has been fighting the deadliest pandemic the world has seen in many decades amid the illegal US sanctions that have seriously hampered efforts to stem the outbreak.






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