News ID: 316106
Published: 0201 GMT September 07, 2021

Minister hopes COVID-19 epidemic would end in Iran by Feb. 2022

Minister hopes COVID-19 epidemic would end in Iran by Feb. 2022

National Desk

Iran’s Health Minister Bahram Einollahi expressed hope that February 11, 2022, the anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, would mark the end of COVID-19 epidemic in the country.

The minister gave the assurance that by that date, the country’s target groups will be fully vaccinated and even receive the booster dose, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Commenting on the date of granting a homemade COVID-19 jab, dubbed Noora, the emergency use authorization, Einollahi said the vaccine will receive the approval once its third clinical trial phase begins.

Noora is being developed by Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

In remarks on Monday, IRGC’s Deputy Director of Health, Medical Education and ‎Biological Defense Affairs Brigadier General Ahmad Abdollahi said the second clinical trial phase of Noora vaccine has started.

This comes as on Sunday Iranian scientists began the third phase of the clinical trial of another homegrown COVID-19 jab, known as Razi Cov Pars, developed by Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute.

Iran’s public vaccination process has gained greater momentum over the past few weeks in the light of the rise in imports and domestic production.

Iran has received several COVID-19 vaccine batches from Russia (Sputnik V), China (Sinopharm), Japan (AstraZeneca) and India (COVAXIN). In addition, to Noora and Razi Cov Pars, the country has also developed a number of other COVID jabs, 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).


Vaccination record


Latest figures released by the Iranian Health Ministry shows that the country set another all-time daily COVID vaccination record during 24-hour period to Tuesday, administering 844,810 doses of the jab.

At present, the total number of the administered doses in the country stands at 30,338,254.


Deaths, infections


In addition, Iran’s Health Ministry announced in a statement on Tuesday that the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections reached 635 and 27,138, 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 111,892 and 5,184,124, respectively.

It added that 7,606 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 3,914 individuals have been hospitalized.

The ministry said 4,422,740 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.

The statement added 29,677,880 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country.

The Health Ministry said 246 cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk), while 144 are in the orange zone (high-risk).

The number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) cities is 58, 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.




Resource: Tasnim News Agency
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