News ID: 291615
Published: 0311 GMT March 15, 2021

Rouhani: Implemented measures to develop, purchase vaccines glorious

Rouhani: Implemented measures to develop, purchase vaccines glorious

National Desk

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described as glorious successful measures taken so far in the country to develop homemade COVID-19 vaccines and purchase foreign jabs under the present tough circumstances.

Rouhani made the remarks on Monday after receiving reports by related domestic organizations about the implemented measures to import safe and reliable vaccines from Russia, China and India, IRNA reported.

He stressed the necessity of continued following-ups in this regard.

Appreciating efforts to this end by the Health Ministry, Foreign Ministry and, in particular, Iranian ambassadors to Russia, China and India, the president appreciated the Central Bank of Iran and the country’s Plan and Budget Organization for making available the foreign currency resources needed for purchasing the foreign vaccines.

He called on Health Minister Saeid Namaki to provide, as in the past year, transparent and precise statistics and information on the number of the coronavirus infections and deaths in the country as well as methods to fight the virus and follow the same trend with regard to people’s vaccination.

Rouhani stressed that the country’s honorable people must be informed of the details of the nationwide vaccination process, which is a major move, urging for greater transparency in the process lest any doubt or ambiguity arises.

He added Iran has managed to put in a brilliant performance both in terms of developing homemade vaccines and purchasing foreign jabs while it has been in an enemy-imposed economic war and faced with a tough and breathtaking situation since a few years ago, which is a glorious achievement.  

In May 2018, former US president, Donald Trump, pulled his country out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed between Iran and the P5+1 in July 2015, and reimposed Washington’s unilateral sanctions on Tehran in a bid to bring the Islamic Republic to the negotiating table and hammer out a new nuclear deal.

Mostly targeting Iran’s oil and banking sectors, the sanctions, being part of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran, failed to produce desired results thanks to the Iranian people’s maximum resistance.

In the aftermath of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran in late February, US sanctions, for a brief period, caused problems for the country in its fight against the coronavirus as they have hampered delivery of medical items and humanitarian aid to Tehran.

However, the Iranian government soon overcame the problems and, in addition to meeting domestic needs, became an exporter of medical supplies and personal protective equipment, such as face masks and disinfectants.

On Saturday, Rouhani said the country’s successful handling of the situation in the aftermath of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic can provide a roadmap for tackling contagious diseases in the future.

In an address to a meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, the president added Iran had implemented “very great and valuable” measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year.

He said Iran’s activities could function as a “roadmap for posterity, a source for university courses and a model for fighting contagious diseases” that may break out in the future.

The president called on people to continue observing the health protocols during the Norouz holidays (March 20-April 2), celebrated to mark the arrival of the New Year in Iran, reminding everyone that the country has not yet reached a stable state in terms of containing the spread of the virus.

Figures pertaining to Iran’s COVID-19 deaths and infections show that the overall situation in the country, except in one or two provinces, is satisfactory, Rouhani added, warning that a fourth wave of the pandemic may be triggered in case of laxity in observing the health protocols.


COVID casualties


On Monday, the Health Ministry announced that 100 people died of COVID-19 in Iran during the 24-hour period to Monday noon, according to Tasanim News Agency.

The Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Lari put the total death toll in Iran at 61,330.

She noted that the total number of people testing positive for coronavirus in the country has surpassed 1,754,900 after the detection of 7,980 new cases during the past 24 hours.

More than 1,499,300 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or been discharged from hospitals across the country, Lari added.

Among those currently undergoing treatment in Iran’s medical centers, 3,839 are in critical conditions, she said.

The spokeswoman also noted that more than 11.78 million coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in Iran.

The number of people infected with COVID-19 across the world has surpassed 120 million, with the death toll standing at almost 2.66 million.



Resource: IRNA
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