Iran’s Red Crescent Society (IRCS) received the 14th consignment of imported COVID-19 vaccines on Sunday and immediately delivered it to the country’s Health Ministry representatives at the Imam Khomeini International Airport.
IRCS Chairman Karim Hemmati said that the newly-arrived cargo contained 1,110,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
This is the second consignment of the same volume imported to Iran in less than one week, Hemmati said adding that the first cargo arrived in the Iranian capital on Thursday.
The IRCS chairman added that the vaccines have been purchased by IRCS from Red Cross Society of China.
He added that so far IRCS has imported a total of 15,960,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
Iran has recently seen a surge in the number of new cases and death related to the latest wave of coronavirus spread in the country.
So far, 18,581,226 people have received the first and second doses of COVID vaccines in the country.
Iran's Food and Drug Administration (IFDA) announced on Thursday that the country’s imports of coronavirus vaccines will reach a target of 61 million doses before the end of summer.
According to IFDA spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour, Iran will have access to 120 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, including those manufactured inside the country, within the next three months.
On August 8, Iran’s daily COVID-19 death toll set a new all-time record during the 24-hour reaching 588 due to the fifth wave of the pandemic, called Delta variant.
Referring to an international survey, Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi warned that the country’s daily COVID deaths could rise to 600 or even 800 if people fail to observe necessary protocols.
The spokesman of Iran’s anti-coronavirus task force announced on Saturday that all public organizations as well as less-essential and nonessential businesses across the country will be closed from August 16-21 to curb the fifth wave of the pandemic.
Alireza Raeisi added only essential businesses will be allowed to remain open during the period.
Moreover, Alireza Qeitasi, the secretary of the Coordination Council of State and Privatized Banks, said the restrictions and closures also apply to the country’s banks and financial institutes.
A few days ago, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei urged the government to “increase efforts to both import and to produce homegrown vaccines”.
According to Health Ministry, 359 cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk), while 59 are in the orange zone (high-risk).
The number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 30 and zero, respectively, according to the ministry.