1007 GMT May 13, 2021
The Health Ministry has distributed one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country, which will be given to the people in the coming days, starting as of Monday.
The remarks were made by Health Minister Saeed Namaki on Monday, IRNA reported.
He added that the vaccines were supposed to be delivered to Iran prior to the beginning of the new Iranian calendar year (March 21), saying, “However, we received them in early April.”
Namaki stressed that supplying COVID-19 vaccines is currently a serious global issue, expressing satisfaction with Iran’s effective steps so far toward the development of its homemade jabs.
He noted, “We knew that the COVID-19 vaccine is not just a health and preventive product, but a political weapon for the world.”
The minister said part of those who will receive the one million doses of the vaccines in the next seven days are members of the country’s medical staff, who are among the country’s high-risk groups.
He added the jabs will also be given to the vulnerable groups and those suffering from refractory diseases.
The minister expressed hope that the second phase of vaccination in the country would be completed by May 21.
Private purchase permits
In addition, Dr. Heidar Mohammadi, the director general of Drugs and Controlled Substances Affairs of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Iran, said the FDA had granted three domestic private firms the permit for importing COVID-19 vaccines, according to ISNA.
He added Iran has so far imported 520,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Russia (Sputnik V), 650,000 doses from China, and 125,000 doses from India, and purchased 700,000 doses of AstraZeneca jabs.
The Iranian Health Ministry announced on Monday that the country’s total COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 67,000 since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in late February 2020, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Providing Iran’s latest coronavirus statistics on Monday, the Health Ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said the pandemic claimed 398 lives over the past 24 hours, which was one of the highest daily fatalities in the country over the past five months.
She put the total death toll in the country at 67,130.
Lari said the total number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in the country surpassed 2,261,400 after the detection of 24,346 new cases since yesterday.
More than 1,797,000 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or been discharged from hospitals across Iran, she said.
Among those currently undergoing treatment in the country’s medical centers, 4,843 are in critical condition, the spokeswoman announced.
She added that over 14.5 million coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in Iran, and over 416,000 people have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Earlier, the Health Ministry announced that 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.
It put the number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities at 51 and 11, respectively.
Last Saturday, all Iranian cities located in the red and orange zones entered a two-week partial lockdown.
In addition, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s Presiding Board, Ahmad Amirabadi-Farahani, said on Monday that the legislative body will not hold any open sessions for two weeks, starting April 24, according to IRNA.
He noted that the decision was made in view of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 infections triggered in the country and the high number of deaths.
The number of people infected with COVID-19 across the world has surpassed 142 million, with the death toll exceeding 3.03 million.