Head of Iran's Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Karim Hemmati said the 13th batch of imported COVID-19 vaccines, containing 1,110,000 doses, arrived in the Iranian capital on Thursday morning.
Hemmati said that the cargo was handed over to IRCS at the Imam Khomeini International Airport and immediately delivered to Health Ministry.
Arrival of the new consignment brought the total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines imported by IRCS so far to 14.85 million doses, Hemmati added.
Iran’s Customs Deputy Chairman Mehrdad Jamal Orounaqi said that a total of 21 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have so far been imported by Iran through various channels.
He added from February 3 to August 9, some 2,911,810 doses of vaccines from Japan, 1,020,000 doses from Russia, 14,490,000 doses from China, 150,000 doses from South Korea, 125,000 from India and 1,452,000 doses from Italy have been imported to Iran.
The official further noted some 315,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have also been imported to Iran by private sector since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2021).
Iran has been experiencing a surge in the number of COVID new cases and deaths in recent weeks, breaking all previous records.
Following Iran’s new administration officially took office on August 5, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei referred to the COVID pandemic as the first and foremost issue of the country.
In a televised speech on Wednesday morning about the COVID situation in Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei called on the executives and officials to double their efforts to procure vaccines, whether through imports or domestic production, and make them available to everyone.
Iran’s new President Ebrahim Raisi has directed all capacities available in the country to contain the new and most intense wave of the pandemic.