0612 GMT July 31, 2021
Iran on Thursday received more than one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, said the secretary-general of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS).
Mohammad Hossein Qosian Moqaddam added the sixth batch of the COVID-19 vaccines, containing 1,142,800 doses, arrived at Imam Khomeini International Airport, Tasnim News Agency reported.
He noted that they were delivered to the Health Ministry at the airport on Thursday morning.
The arrival of this consignment increased the total number of foreign vaccines imported by the IRCS to more than seven million doses, he added.
Last month, Iran’s Health Minister Saeed Namaki said that the country will become one of the world’s biggest producers of COVID vaccine by the end of the summer.
He also noted that the distribution of the first Iranian COVID-19 vaccine, known as COVIran Barekat, has begun.
The COVIran Barekat vaccine has gone through three phases of clinical trial, the last of which involved giving the jab to 20,000 people in the cities of Tehran (northern Iran), Bushehr (southern Iran), Shiraz (southern Iran), Karaj (northern Iran), Mashhad (northeastern Iran) and Isfahan (central Iran).
Iran has already granted emergency use authorization to the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine, Covaxin, made by India’s Bharat Biotech, Oxford/AstraZeneca, developed by Russia’s R-Pharm Group, and the AstraZeneca-SKBio, made in South Korea.
In a statement on Wednesday, the company developing COVIran Barekat, Shafa Pharmed Pars, announced that the production of the jab will soon gain greater momentum.
The statement was issued in response to social media rumors that the vaccine’s production line has faced a problem.
The statement added the first production line is working at full capacity, giving the assurance that another one will soon be launched.
The Iranian Health Ministry has so far received 700,000 doses of the vaccine.
On Friday, Iran’s health minister said most of the country’s people are satisfied with the pace of vaccination against COVID-19 at public inoculation centers.
Speaking on the sidelines of an unannounced visit to a vaccination center in Tehran Province on Friday, Namaki added he had visited a number of inoculation centers across the province earlier in the day, in which the jabs were given to people at a fast pace, IRNA reported.
He noted that for the inoculation process to gather greater momentum, the number of work shifts as well as vaccination centers is expected to grow.
COVID vaccination, casualties
The Iranian Health Ministry announced in a statement on Friday that 7,938,263 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have so far been administered to people in the country.
It added the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections reached 199 and 21,885, respectively, in the past 24 hours.
According to the statement, the total COVID-19 death toll and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 86,791 and 3,485,940, respectively.
It added that 4,135 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 2,410 individuals have been hospitalized.
The ministry said 3,101,618 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.
It also announced that 24,892,912 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country.
The Health Ministry said 169 cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk), while 166 are in the orange zone (high-risk).
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 113 and zero, respectively, according to the ministry.