0532 GMT July 31, 2021
The Iranian version of Russian developed Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine will be unveiled on June 26, said the health minister.
As per the planning, after meeting the domestic need, Iran will turn into an exporter of the COVID-19 jab in early winter, added Saeed Namaki said in a meeting of the provincial anti-coronavirus task force in the northern Iran, IRNA reported.
Praising efforts by Iranian experts and scientists to develop the COVID-19 vaccine, the minister noted that the first clinical trial phase of a jab developed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps will begin on June 27.
On the government’s efforts to purchase the COVID-19 vaccine, he said to procure the jab he has turned to every country, regretting that, however, even those states having friendly ties with Iran refrained from selling the jab to Iran directly.
Namaki added when Iran announced that it has begun the mass production of its own COVID vaccine, thus ranking among the world’s seven producers of the item, the US announced that the sanction preventing the sales of the jab to the Islamic Republic has been lifted.
The US on Thursday issued guidance easing the way for delivery of products such as face masks, ventilators and vaccines to combat the coronavirus pandemic to heavily sanctioned countries like Iran, Venezuela and Syria, according to Reuters.
The guidance is, however, in contrast with the previous remarks by US officials that humanitarian items were exempted from Washington’s sanctions.
Namaki said Iran takes great pride in the fact that no single COVID patient has been deprived of medical services since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in late February 2020 due to a lack of money as well as age and ethnic discriminations.
Warning against the risk of a third wave of the COVID-19 infections sweeping the country and any laxity in observing the health protocols, the minister noted that the menace of the virus must not be overlooked.
He said cases infected with the mutated variants of the virus, such as the Indian and South African strains, have been detected in the southern provinces.
The Iranian Health Ministry announced in a statement on Monday that the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections reached 136 and 10,485 respectively in the past 24 hours.
This comes as on Saturday, the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths reached the lowest number since April 1, standing at 108, announced the ministry in a statement.
According to the Monday statement, the total COVID-19 death toll and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country stand at 83,101 and 3,105,620, respectively.
It added that 3,258 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 1,259 individuals have been hospitalized.
The ministry said 2,760,229 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.
It also announced that 22,573,637 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out, and 5,335,753 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to people.
The Health Ministry said 22 cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk), while 175 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 251 and zero, respectively, according to the ministry’s Monday 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.