1155 GMT June 14, 2021
Speaking at a meeting of the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus on Saturday, Rouhani said the general vaccination scheme in Iran will be over by December if the country produces the necessary amount of homegrown vaccines and purchases enough vaccines from abroad, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Expressing hope for the rollout of Iranian vaccines by late June, the president said the country has a capacity to vaccinate more than 500,000 people a day.
Iran takes pride in becoming a producer of COVID-19 vaccine, he added, pledging that his administration will try to import vaccines despite the financial difficulties.
The fact that the Iranian private sector has been unable to import the coronavirus vaccine in spite of having received permissions reveals that there are not enough supplies of vaccine in the world and there are obstacles to its purchase, Rouhani added.
More than 3.13 million Iranians have received the first dose of coronavirus vaccine so far, mainly health society personnel and the elderly above 70.
President Rouhani added that the country has witnessed a declining trend in daily COVID-19 cases and deaths in recent weeks, which is the result of the restrictions imposed in the country.
Health Ministry’s spokeswoman said on Saturday the total number of people tested positive for COVID-19 surpassed 2,893,200 after the detection of 7,107 new cases from Friday to Saturday.
Sima Sadat Lari said the pandemic claimed 173 lives during the same period while the overall coronavirus death toll in Iran stands at 79,741.
More than 2,425,000 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across Iran, she added.