News ID: 315784
Published: 0143 GMT August 27, 2021

Iran’s entire target population to be vaccinated by Feb. 2022: Minister

Iran’s entire target population to be vaccinated by Feb. 2022: Minister
IRNA
Iran’s Health Minister Bahram Einollahi (C) ‎speaks to a COVID-19 patient during his visit to a hospital in Ahvaz, southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan, on August 27, 2021.

National Desk

Irans Health Ministry plans to vaccinate the countrys entire target population against COVID-19 by February 11, 2022.

This was announced by new Health Minister Bahram Einollahi during his visit to a hospital in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, IRNA reported.

Einollahi arrived in the provincial capital of Ahvaz on Friday morning, accompanying Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi in his trip to Khuzestan Province.

He stressed that collective efforts are required to curb the COVID-19 pandemic in Khuzestan.

The minister described the COVID-19 pandemic as a crisis, calling on the provinces people to fully comply with the health protocols and wear face masks.

He noted that vaccination is among the most important ways to control the coronavirus spread, calling for the swift inoculation of the countrys target population through any available jab.

Einollahi said COVID jab imports have recently been accelerated, giving the assurance that sufficient doses will be allocated to Khuzestan.

On the sidelines of a Thursday cabinet session in Tehran, Irans foreign minister said his ministry is planning to set up a special headquarters in order to speed up the provision of COVID vaccines from any country whose standards are approved by Irans Health Ministry.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian added he will put the issue of curbing the COVID-19 pandemic on top of his agenda at the ministry.

Noting that a special headquarters will be set up at the Foreign Ministry, Amir-Abdollahian said, We will do our best to import vaccines without any limitation from any country whose jabs can be transferred into the country and whose scientific standards are confirmed.”

He explained that the headquartersgoal is to activate the potential of all Iranian embassies and the countrys capacities abroad, both in the public and private sectors, to expedite the imports.

The countrys 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 (Cubas Instituto Finlay de Vacunas and Irans 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).

According to the Health Ministry figures on Friday, 25,115,401 doses of COVID jabs have been administered in the country.

On Thursday, Mehrdad Jamal Arvanqi, the deputy head of Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration for technical affairs, said 2.22 million COVID vaccine doses, delivered by China, arrived in Iran on the same day.

He noted that following the delivery of the consignment, Irans jab imports surpassed 28 million doses.

 

Casualties

 

Irans Health Ministry announced in a statement on Friday that the countrys daily COVID-19 deaths and infections reached 571 and 36,279, 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 105,287 and 4,869,414, respectively.

It added that 7,817 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 4,799 individuals have been hospitalized.

The ministry said 4,084,991 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.

The statement added 28,438,161 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country.

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 countrys 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.

 

   
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Resource: IRNA
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