A senior official with the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) announced that the eighth shipment of the COVID-19 vaccines arrived at Imam Khomeini International Airport on Thursday and was immediately delivered to the officials of the Health Ministry.
According to Mohammad-Hassan Qowssian, over one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the Iranian capital via 10 flights, increasing the total number of IRCS imported vaccines to 9,304,800 doses.
Earlier in the day, Assistant Foreign Minister and Director General of Asia-Pacific department Reza Zabib had said another 3.1 million doses of COVID19 vaccines will be delivered to the country in the next few days, Persian Service of IRNA reported.
"Following the efforts of colleagues and the help of the Ministry of Health and the Central Bank, three shipments of vaccines will be imported," Zabib wrote in a message on his Twitter account.
Iran’s Health Ministry announced that the fatal virus claimed 226 more lives across the country from Wednesday to Thursday, mounting the total number of national casualties to 88,063.
According to a statement of the Health Ministry, over the past 24 hours, the total number of people tested positive for COVID-19 infection in Iran reached 3,623,840 following the detection of 20,313 new cases.
Out of the total newly-detected cases in the past 24 hours, 2,287 patients have been hospitalized, added the statement.
It further noted that at least 3,204,136 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across the country.
Among those presently undergoing treatment in medical centers, 4,628 coronavirus patients are in critical condition, said the statement.
According to the Health Ministry, 25,332,080 diagnostic tests have so far been carried out throughout the country.
It added that 232 cities are coded red (very high risk) while 117 others are in orange zone (high risk) and 99 more cities are coded yellow (low risk).