News ID: 313971
Published: 0351 GMT June 16, 2021

Iran reports 129 coronavirus deaths

Iran reports 129 coronavirus deaths

Iran’s Health Ministry reported 129 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total death toll to 82,480.

The ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Wednesday that 10,487 new cases of infection with the COVID-19 were also found from Tuesday to Wednesday, according to IRNA.

She said that the total number of people testing positive for COVID-19 exceeded 3.06 million.

Lari noted that 2,696,434 patients have recovered or been discharged from hospitals so far.

The Health Ministry also announced that 4,364,228 Iranians have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 878,694 people have received the second dose of the vaccine.

On Monday, the Health Ministry said the country has been authorized to start emergency use of its first domestically-produced COVID-19 vaccine, known as COVIran Barekat.

Health Minister Saeed Namaki made the announcement at a ceremony at Arak University of Medical Sciences, saying Iran had been authorized to start the emergency use of COVIran Barekat vaccine and the permit for using the Pasteur vaccine — which has been jointly developed by Iran and Cuba — will be issued next week.

The Razi vaccine, officially known as Razi COV-Pars, is Iran’s second homegrown vaccine and a product of the Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute, which is administered via injection and inhalation.

Fakhra, the third Iranian vaccine, is developed by the Iranian Defense Ministry’s research center, formerly headed by nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was assassinated in a suspected Israeli-linked terror attack late last year.


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