0603 GMT October 17, 2021
Iran’s domestically-developed COVID-19 vaccine, known as COVIran Barekat, is among the most successful jabs in the country and the world, said the health minister.
Dr. Bahram Einollahi made the remark in an address to a Sunday ceremony to inaugurate 50 hospital projects across the country, IRNA reported.
Developed by Barakat Foundation, COVIran Barekat has been granted emergency use authorization.
Einollahi added COVIran Barekat will be remembered well in Iran’s history, saying at present, everybody in the country is willing to receive the jab.
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 developed a number of COVID jabs domestically.
Einollahi said last week that 70 percent of the country’s population will be vaccinated against COVID-19 in two weeks’ time.
Iran’s Health Ministry announced in a statement on Sunday that daily COVID-19 deaths and infections reached 229 and 12,428 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 121,109 and 5,624,128, respectively.
According to the ministry, 57,677, 014 doses of COVID-19 jabs have so far been administered in the country.