0416 GMT June 30, 2022
Iran’s daily COVID-19 vaccination record was broken once again during the 24-hour period to Wednesday with the administration of 746,185 doses of the jab, according to the Health Ministry figures.
The Health Ministry announced in a statement on Wednesday that 24,474,619 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have so far been administered in the country.
The ministry said 17,573,785 people have received their first doses of the jab and 6,900,834 individuals have been given two doses.
The country’s public vaccination process has gained a greater momentum over the past few weeks in view of the rise in imports and domestic production.
Iran has already received a number of COVID vaccine batches from Russia (Sputnik V), China (Sinopharm), Japan (AstraZeneca) and India (COVAXIN).
The country has also developed a number of COVID jabs domestically, including one dubbed COVIran Barekat (Barakat Foundation), a jab named Soberana 2 or PastoCoVac (Cuba’s Instituto Finlay de Vacunas and Iran’s Pasteur Institute) and a vaccine known as Fakhra (Defense Ministry). The other two COVID jabs being developed in the country are Noura (the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps) and Razi Cov Pars (Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute).
The country has also purchased jabs supplied through COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX).
Delayed dues dismissed
Dr. Syed Jaffar Hussain, the WHO’s representative and head of mission to Tehran, said on Wednesday that Iran is the sole country that has fully made the payment for its purchased jabs (16.8 million doses) through COVAX, according to IRNA.
Speaking on the sidelines of his visit to a COVID vaccination center in Tehran, he regretted that due to different reasons, including the rapid spread of the pandemic in the world and insufficient resources for vaccine production, delivery of a number of the purchased jab consignments has faced a brief delay.
He noted that close to 5.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have so far been sent to Iran, expressing hope that more doses would soon enter the country and a new consignment would be sent to Tehran through COVAX.
According to the Health Ministry’s Wednesday statement, the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections reached 665 and 39,983, respectively, in the past 24 hours.
The statement added the total COVID-19 death toll and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 104,022 and 4,796,377, respectively.
It added that 7,755 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 4,871 individuals have been hospitalized.
The ministry said 4,020,844 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.
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) cities is 30, 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.
On Wednesday, however, the commander of the anti-coronavirus task force in Tehran, Dr. Alireza Zali, said the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and patients referred to medical centers with the disease’s symptoms in the Iranian capital has witnessed a decline.
He added Tehran’s COVID casualties are expected to decrease in the next few days.