0604 GMT May 25, 2022
Iran’s President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said at present, the country has reached a point regarding the COVID-19 pandemic that, instead of decisions about imposing new restrictions, plans are required for lifting the previously placed bans.
In an address to a Saturday meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, Raeisi added new planning is required for the reopening of the businesses in view of the COVID-19 changed conditions in the country, IRNA reported.
On the occasion of the Sacred Defense Week, marked annually during September 22-29 to commemorate Iranians’ sacrifices and devotions during the eight-year (1980-88) Iraqi-imposed war, the president noted that the secret to resolving the country’s issues is making heroic and voluntary endeavors and having the same high spirit that led the nation to victory and bright days in that battle.
“Through such a spirit, we will be able to defeat the coronavirus and resolve all other problems. Thanks to the valuable efforts made so far for completing the public vaccination process, we have managed to administer close to 50 million doses of COVID-19 jabs in the country.”
He stressed that the country’s health system has adopted an active approach toward the pandemic.
Warning against any laxity in observing the health protocols concurrent with the increase in the public vaccination pace, Raeisi called for tighter supervision over compliance with the protocols to boost the effectiveness of the inoculation process.
He also urged for stricter control over the country’s borders and quarantining the suspicious cases.
Raeisi said smart restrictions are required to substitute business closures, noting that this requires precise planning.
The greater momentum of public vaccination against COVID-19 in Iran has rekindled hopes of a return to normal conditions.
This comes as over the past few days, the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections have been reflecting a downward trend, indicating signs of an end to a deadly wave of the COVID-19 infections, sparked by the spread of the Delta strain of the virus, with which the country has been grappling over the past few weeks.
Iranian health authorities and experts maintain that the increased pace of the public vaccination process has played a significant role in the decline in casualties. Iran has been setting new daily vaccination records in the past days.
The country has received several COVID-19 vaccine batches from Russia (Sputnik V), China (Sinopharm), Japan (AstraZeneca) and India (COVAXIN), and has also developed a number of COVID jabs domestically.
On Saturday, Heidar Mohammadi, the director of the Food and Drug Administration of Iran for medicine affairs, said the country will import the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Belgium; but the date is not decided yet.
Iran’s Health Ministry announced in a statement on Saturday that over the past 24 hours, the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections stood at 280 and 10,843 respectively.
The statement added that the total COVID-19 death toll and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 119,072 and 5,519,728, respectively.
The ministry added that 49,789,504 doses of COVID jabs have so far been administered in the country.