0756 GMT January 21, 2022
Iran’s public vaccination will be completed by late February 2022, said President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi’s proposed health minister.
In an address to an open session of the Iranian Parliament on Monday while presenting his future plans, Dr. Bahram Einollahi added protecting people’s health should not be delayed for the sake of any reason or any person, IRNA reported.
He stressed that his top priority in the Health Ministry would be protecting people’s lives, giving the assurance, “We will be able to defeat the coronavirus.”
Einollahi said supplying sufficient doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be the most important plan of the Health Ministry under his helm, noting that COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of human’s life.
He added 120 million doses of jabs are needed to curb the pandemic in Iran, saying over 23 million doses have been administered so far in the country.
“Since we cannot supply 98 million doses through domestic production, we will resort to imports.”
Iran’s Health Ministry announced in a statement on Monday that the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections reached 610 and 38,657, respectively, in the past 24 hours.
According to the statement, the total COVID-19 death toll and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 102,648 and 4,715,771, respectively.
It added that 7,695 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 5,108 individuals have been hospitalized.
The ministry said 3,961,024 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.
It also announced that 27,974,949 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country and 23,137,699 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, of which 589,378 doses were given to people in the past 24 hours.
The Health Ministry said 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.
Iran has been grappling with a fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic since a few weeks ago, mainly sparked by the spread of the Indian coronavirus variant, known as Delta, seeing a resurgence in deaths and infections.
As per a directive by the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, all public organizations as well as less-essential and nonessential businesses across the country were closed during August 16-21 to curb the fifth wave of the pandemic.