0239 GMT August 04, 2021
Iran’s President-elect Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said developing homemade vaccines and supporting domestic experts in this field are the main criteria and pivots in fighting the coronavirus.
In an address to a Saturday meeting with the country’s officials and experts involved in the field of public inoculation against COVID-19, Raeisi added the problems and obstacles in this path shall be removed carefully and immediately, IRNA reported.
The president-elect noted that nevertheless, imports of valid foreign jabs is also required to be pursued at a rapid pace.
He said the country takes pride in the fact that domestic experts have managed to develop COVID jabs capable of competing with their foreign counterparts.
Raeisi urged that production of homemade vaccines must be boosted, saying his administration will be duty-bound to practically support the process.
The president-elect gave the assurance that his administration will prioritize issuing the required permits and allocating sufficient budget to this end.
Describing as necessary but insufficient what has been done so far to control the pandemic in the country, he called for mobilizing all resources to shorten the period of completing the public inoculation process, so that people can enter the cold seasons with immunity against the virus and peace of mine.
Raeisi stressed that in the fight against the virus, even one life matters, saying reducing the death toll should form the basis for efforts against the disease.
He added domestic vaccine producers are required to be supported and offered incentives.
The president-elect said the capacities of the country’s Basij voluntary forces and the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) are also required to be used in the public vaccination process.
The meeting was attended by outgoing Health Minister Saeed Namaki, IRCS head Karim Hemmati, Chairman of the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order Mohammad Mokhber, a number of lawmakers, the CEOs of Iranian vaccine production companies, managers of the institutions and firms involved in COVID vaccine distribution, and vaccination program experts.
Raeisi won the June 18 election in a landslide, garnering over 18 million votes, to become Iran’s eighth president, succeeding Hassan Rouhani, who has served two four-year terms in office. Raeisi will be sworn in on August 3.