An assistant professor of Pasteur Institute of Iran (IPI) announced on Sat. that Iran is getting prepared to register the domestically produced coronavirus vaccine, 'COVIran Barekat' in the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to Dr. Asghar Abdoli, Iran needs to initially submit all the required documents about its homemade vaccine to WHO. Then, it is required to defend all of its scientific claims and documents.
He added that the first article on the pre-clinical or animal studies phase of COVIran Barekat will be published soon.
In mid-June, Iran published the 1st article on COVIran Barekat at BioRxiv, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The article was titled: "Safety and Potency of COVIran Barekat Inactivated Vaccine Candidate for SARS-CoV-2: A Preclinical Study."
"There is an urgent demand to manufacture an effective and safe vaccine to prevent SARS-CoV2 infection, which resulted in a global pandemic," the article's abstract said.
Mass production of the Iranian-made anti-Coronavirus began at a pharmaceutical factory run by the Execution of Imam Khomeini Order (EIKO) in Tehran in mid-May.
According to Iran’s Health Ministry, the number of deaths caused by COVID-19 pandemic in the country increased to 88,532 after 259 more Iranians lost their lives by the deadly disease from Friday to Saturday.
Releasing a statement, the ministry announced that over the past 24 hours, the total number of people tested positive for COVID-19 infection in Iran reached 3,664,286 following the detection of 18,632 new cases.
Out of the total newly-detected cases, 2,509 patients have been hospitalized, added the statement.
It further noted that at least 3,239,172 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, 4,784 coronavirus patients are in critical condition, said the statement.
According to the Health Ministry, so far over 10 million Iranians have received the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccines.
It added that 25,469,400, 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).