0540 GMT January 25, 2022
The Iranian health minister said 14 million people in the country’s high-priority groups, including people over 60 years of age and individuals suffering from rare and refractory diseases, will be vaccinated against COVID-19 by late June.
Speaking on Sunday, Saeed Namaki added a recently purchased consignment of COVID-19 vaccines was delivered to Iran on Saturday, announcing that a larger batch was expected to be handed over on Sunday, IRNA reported.
The minister said another shipment will be sent to the country in a week, noting that following the vaccination of the two high priority groups, other groups will receive the jab in their turn.
Dismissing rumors concerning a lack of COVID-19 jabs in the country and shortcomings in public vaccination as completely false, Namaki added over the past 24 hours, 162,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were given to the people, which is a record.
He gave the assurance that higher records will be set in the coming days.
The minister said public inoculation against COVID-19 is underway according to the national vaccination document and the priorities and the schedule it sets out.
He added that Iran managed to survive one of the biggest waves of COVID-19 infections generated by the spread of the UK variant of coronavirus in the country over the past weeks thanks to God’s mercy and domestic medical staff’s efforts.
He said daily COVID-19 infections and deaths are reflecting a downward trend.
In an address to a Saturday meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also confirmed that the fourth peak of COVID-19 infections in the country is over, stressing the importance of strictly observing the health protocols.
Rouhani added that thanks to efforts and sacrifices by the domestic health sector’s personnel and people’s compliance with the health protocols, a downward trend in the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths begane a few days ago in all provinces of the country, IRNA reported.
According to reports, the president said, Iran’s situation in terms of the coronavirus spread has improved, adding that at present, there are only three very high-risk cities in the country.
The Iranian Health Ministry announced in a statement on Sunday that the number of the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections during the past 24 hours reached 303 and 11,291 respectively, after a few days of showing a downward trajectory.
On Saturday the figures stood at 200 and 7,723; and on Friday, the ministry put them at 202 and 10,145, respectively. This came as on Thursday, it said the country’s COVID-19 deaths and infections reached 297 and 14,246, both indicating a remarkable decrease compared to Wednesday’s numbers, which were 366 and 16,409, IRNA reported.
The country has been struggling with a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections over the past few weeks that caused it to see daily record-high deaths and infections of above 450 and 21,000, impose a partial lockdown in very high-risk cities, and shut down certain businesses and public places.
The Sunday statement said that 76,936 COVID-19 patients in Iran have so far lost their lives to the disease.
It added that 5,337 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition in the country and, of the newly detected cases, 1,2787 individuals have been hospitalized.
The ministry put the country’s total number of infections at 2,751,166.
The ministry’s statement added that a total of 2,226,122 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or been discharged from the country’s hospitals.
It said three cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk) in terms of the coronavirus spread, while 262 cities are in the orange (high-risk) zones, noting that based on a decision by the anti-coronavirus task force, travel to and from these cities is prohibited.
The number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 183 and zero, respectively, according to the statement.
The ministry also announced that 18,018,878 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country, and 2,269,753 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given to people.