1245 GMT June 15, 2021
Malek Rahmati, the AQR’s deputy chief custodian, made the announcement on Thursday, saying the production line of the Iranian vaccine, Fakhra, will open on June 22, concurrent with the birth anniversary of Imam Reza (PBUH) – the eighth Shia Muslim Imam, Press TV reported.
AQR is an organization based in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad that manages the holy shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH).
Rahmati said the commercial and industrial development phase of Fakhra will start with AQR’s help and under the supervision of the Health Ministry at the Samen Pharmaceutical Company in the holy city of Mashhad.
Iran launched the second phase of the clinical trial of Fakhra on Wednesday, with officials in charge of developing the vaccine saying 135 volunteers received the jab in the first phase and that it proved to be “safe and secure”.
In addition to Fakhra, Iran has developed three other vaccines against the COVID-19 disease, named COVIran Barakat, Razi COV-Pars, and the joint Iran-Cuba vaccine.
It has also imported foreign vaccines despite the illegal US sanctions that have seriously hampered the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The Iranian Health Ministry announced on Friday that the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths during the past 24 hours stood at 124, bringing the total death toll to 81,796.
It put the daily infections at 9,966, saying 3,130,078 people have contracted the disease since the outbreak of the pandemic in Iran in late February 2020.
The statement added that 3,494 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 1,327 individuals have been hospitalized.
The ministry said 2,624,802 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.
It also announced that 21,313,589 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out, and 5,061,020 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.
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.
The authorities say that the country is past the peak of the fourth wave.