0121 GMT June 15, 2021
Inoculation against COVID-19 in Iran is in process, said the spokesman of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, rejecting any doubt about its continuation.
Speaking to IRNA on Sunday, Alireza Raeisi added vaccination of the high-risk groups will continue until a new batch of the jab is delivered to the country.
He added that vaccination based on the age priority list has started and people over 75 years of age have received the vaccine.
“We have also vaccinated a large number of the country’s war veteran wounded in action, the disabled and elderly.”
He said that last week, a COVID-19 vaccine consignment comprising three million doses was expected to be delivered to Iran and the public inoculation in the country was progressing at a favorable pace.
However, he added, since the arrival of the batch has been delayed, “for now, we plan to give the first and second doses of the jab to people over 70 years of age”.
Raeisi expressed hope that if in a meeting to be held on Monday, an emergency use authorization is granted to the homemade COVID-19 vaccine dubbed COVIran Barakat, the jab will be used to accelerate the process of public inoculation.
In the coming days, one million doses of the Iranian vaccine will be made available, he said.
The Iranian Health Ministry announced on Sunday that the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections during the 24 hours stood at 122 and 5,612, respectively.
The statement said the total death toll and infections since the outbreak in late February 2020 stand at 81,063 and 2,966,363, respectively.
It added that 3,769 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 1,027 individuals have been hospitalized.
The ministry said 2,552,401 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.
It also announced that 20,688,723 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out, and 4,823,579 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to people.
The Health Ministry said 16 cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk) in terms of the spread of the virus, while 201 are in the orange zone (high-risk), noting that based on a decision by the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, travel to and from these cities is prohibited.
The number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 231 and zero, respectively, according to the ministry’s statement.
Iran has been grappling with the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections over the past few weeks that has caused the country to see daily record-high deaths and infections of above 450 and 21,000 and impose a partial lockdown in very high-risk cities, closing certain businesses and public places.