0600 GMT October 28, 2021
Iran’s health minister said 70 percent of the country’s population will be vaccinated against COVID-19 in two weeks’ time.
In an address to a ceremony on Tuesday, Dr. Bahram Einollahi added the country will soon celebrate the victory of its vaccination campaign, IRNA reported.
He noted that 53 million people in the country have received at least their first dose of the vaccine, saying the figure will reach 60 million in the next two weeks.
Expressing satisfaction with the favorable pace of the public vaccination process in Iran, the minister added that over the past seven days, 8.2 million doses of COVID-19 jabs were administered in the county, which has been unprecedented and unique worldwide.
However, he warned against any laxity in observing the health protocols.
The minister said the country’s universities of medical sciences will reopen as of early October, noting October 23 will be reopening date for the rest of the Iranian universities.
The majority of the country’s university students and professors and, even, their families have been inoculated against COVID-19, Einollahi added.
Iran’s public vaccination process has gained greater momentum over the past weeks in view of the rise in imports and domestic production of vaccines, setting new daily records.
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, 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).
According to figures by the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration, Sinopharm accounts for the biggest share of the country’s jab purchases.
Iran’s Health Ministry said on Tuesday that following the follow-ups and measures by the Foreign Ministry, another two million doses of COVID-19 jabs arrived in the country.
The Ministry also announced in a statement on the same day that 52,732,711 COVID-19 vaccine doses have so far been administered in the country.
It added that 36,908,191 people have so far received their first dose of the vaccine, putting at 15,824,520 the number of those given a second dose.
The Tuesday statement by the ministry added the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections reached 239 and 11,701, respectively, in the past 24 hours.
It said the total COVID-19 death toll and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 119,888 and 5,559,691, respectively.
According to the ministry, 6,124 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 1,821 individuals have been hospitalized.
It added that 4,988,109 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.
The statement added 31,976,745 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country.
The Health Ministry said 29 cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk), while 224 are in the orange zone (high-risk).
The number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 165 and 30, 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. The number of casualties has, however, been declining since a few days ago, indicating that the country is past the peak of the fifth wave’s infections and deaths.