1237 GMT June 23, 2021
Minoo Mohraz, a member of Iran's coronavirus task force, asked the Health Ministry to issue the permission for emergency use of the country’s first homegrown COVID-19 vaccine.
In an interview with IRNA on Monday, Mohraz said, “We have given the results of the studies on the vaccine [COVIran Barakat] to the Health Ministry a long time ago and asked them to issue the permission for the emergency use of the vaccine”.
Developed by researchers at the Headquarters for Executing the Order of the Imam, COVIran Barakat vaccine was unveiled on December 29 last year, while production began on March 29.
CovIran Barakat vaccine developers recently said one million doses of the vaccine have been produced, which will be delivered to the Health Ministry, Press TV wrote.
Officials in charge of developing the vaccine say with the third phase of human trial of the vaccine being almost finished the result shows the vaccine has effectiveness much higher than expectations and is ready for emergency use after being approved by the ministry.
Besides efforts made in production of COVID-19 vaccine, Iran has also imposed restrictions across the country to decrease the coronavirus cases.
The number of patients who died of the coronavirus infection in Iran from Sunday to Monday stood at 120, which is the lowest death toll since April 2.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari put the death toll from COVID-19 in Iran at 81,183, saying the disease took the lives of 120 patients in a 24-hour period, Tasnim News Agency reported.
She said the total number of people tested positive for COVID-19 in the country exceeded 2,971,200 following the detection of 4,907 new cases during the same period.
Of the new cases detected since Sunday, 940 patients have been admitted to the hospitals, she added.
At least 2,565,972 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across Iran, the spokeswoman said.
Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers at present, 3,687 coronavirus patients have critical health conditions because of more severe infection, Lari noted.