0906 GMT May 13, 2021
Five countries, including two European states, have so far applied for Iranian COVID-19 vaccines, said the spokesman for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Iran.
Kianoush Jahanpour made the announcement in a tweet, saying along with the increase in the domestic production efficiency, achieving a record of producing 20 million doses of homemade COVID-19 vaccine is in sight, IRNA reported.
According to the Iranian Ministry of Health, over 12 different domestic companies are developing COVID-19 vaccines, a number of which are closer to the mass production of their jabs.
The vaccines include Fakhra, under development by the Defense Ministry — named to commemorate the head of the ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was assassinated in November 2020, COVIran Barakat developed by experts at the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO), Razi COV-Pars by the Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute, and Soberana 2 which is the result of the cooperation of Iran’s Pasteur Institute and Cuba’s Finlay Vaccine Institute, according to Press TV.
On Tuesday, EIKO’s chairman, Mohammad Mokhber, said Iran’s Barakat Foundation will increase the production capacity of its COVIran Barakat to between 18 and 20 million doses by late July.
He added by April 21, the foundation will hand over one million doses of its vaccine to the Health Ministry, according to a press release by EIKO’s public relations office obtained by Iran Daily.
Speaking to IRNA, he said Barakat Foundation will start mass production of its COVID-19 vaccine as of late April.
Iran has already started vaccination of the country’s medical staff as well as the vulnerable and high-risk groups using foreign COVID-19 vaccines, including Russia’s Sputnik V and China’s Sinopharm.
Over 17,000 vaccinated
On Wednesday, the deputy head of Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Dr. Qassem Oveis, said 17,190 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been handed over to the northern Iranian province and given to the medical staff as well as vulnerable and high-risk groups.
He added the Sputnik V vaccines constitute the major part (10,610 doses — 62 percent) of the delivered jabs.
Chinese and Indian vaccines have also been handed over to health official in the province, Oveis noted.
According to Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, some 1,600 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized in the province.
On Tuesday, Ali Tajernia, the deputy director of the Islamic Republic of Iran Medical Council (IRIMC) for management and resources development, said following the consent of the Health Ministry, 45,000 doses of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine were given to the domestic private sector’s physicians who are above 50 years old.
He added in the coming days, 110,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine will be given to the country’s medical staff who are below 50.
Tajernia gave the assurance that no serious side effect was reported at the end of the first phase of the vaccination of the country’s medical staff, which was completed on Tuesday.
The Health Ministry announced on Wednesday that more than 300 COVID-19 patients in Iran died in the past 24 hours, according to Tasnim News Agency.
In an address to a press conference on Wednesday, the Health Ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari put at 304 the exact number of Iran’s COVID-19 daily deaths during the past 24 hours, saying the pandemic has taken the lives of 65,359 people since its outbreak in the country in late February 2020.
She said the total number of people testing positive for coronavirus in Iran exceeded 2,143,000 following the detection of 25,582 new cases since yesterday, putting the number of the hospitalizations in the same duration at 3,098.
Over 1,739,000 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or been discharged from hospitals across Iran, the spokeswoman added.
Among those currently undergoing treatment in Iranian medical centers, 4,539 patients are in critical conditions, Lari noted.
She said 361,951 people (less than 0.5 percent of Iran’s population) have so far received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the country.
On Saturday, Lari said 257 cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk), while 129 cities are categorized as orange (high-risk), adding that based on a decision by the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, travel to and from these cities is prohibited, according to IRNA.
She put the number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities at 51 and 11, respectively.
On Saturday, Iranian red and orange cities entered a two-week partial lockdown.
The number of people infected with COVID-19 across the world has surpassed 138 million, with the death toll exceeding 2.97 million.