Italy's Ambassador to Iran Giuseppe Perrone said donation of 1.2 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the country by Italy indicated Rome’s long-lasting friendship and cooperation with Tehran.
Perrone made the remarks during a ceremony held at his residence in Tehran on Monday.
"I gladly announce that Italy has donated 1.2 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX mechanism to Iran," said the Italian ambassador stressing that the donation has "indicated deep-rooted friendship and solidarity between Iran and Italy."
The consigment will be delivered to Iran from October 15 to 18 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
"We wanted to make this donation to the friendly country and people of Iran not just because this is a global fight against the pandemic so we are not save until everyone else is safe, but also because we have special ties and bonds of friendship and centuries-old cooperation with Iran," iranpress.com reported.
Perrone added, "Italy and Iran were among the countries that suffered the most at the beginning of the pandemic."
The ambassador further noted that the attempt was more than a mere humanitarian gesture and was more about the existing friendship and cooperation between the peoples of Iran and Italy.
Along with Iranian officials from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iran's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and representatives of the United Nations in Iran, prominent Italian virologists Professor Bassetti of the San Marino Polyclinic and Professor Pontali of Galliera Hospital in Genoa were also present in the ceremony held at the ambassador's residence in Tehran.