0748 GMT October 17, 2021
On the sidelines of the meeting of National Scientific Committee against Coronavirus on Sunday, Reza Mosaed told reporters that the committee was reviewing the reports on the injection of the Iranian-made COVID-19 vaccines and announced that no case of fatality has been reported because of the injection of Iranian COVID-19 vaccines, Iran Press reported.
"Regarding the injection of coronavirus vaccine for Iranian students, only the Sinopharm vaccine has been so far approved, but by the end of the week, the Cuban-Iranian vaccine of the Pasteur Institute will be available for students," Mosaed said.
So far, 45,075,513 people have received the first dose of the COVID vaccine, 19,326,432 have received the second dose, and the total number of vaccines administered in the country has reached 64,401,945 doses.
Head of Iran's Red Crescent Society said on Sunday that the 24th consignment of six million doses of COVID-19 vaccines purchased by the society entered the country.
Karim Hemmati noted that the consignment was delivered to the officials of the Iranian Health Ministry at Imam Khomeini International Airport on Sunday.
He announced the organization has imported 58,390,000 doses of COVID vaccine so far.
The numbers of fatalities and hospitalizations have decreased in recent weeks due to vaccinations and restrictions imposed by the government across the country.
Iran’s Health Ministry put the death toll from COVID-19 in Iran at 122,592, saying the disease took the lives of 222 patients in 24 hours.
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on Saturday called for uninterrupted observance of the health protocols to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in the country, warning that laxity in conforming to the restrictions may trigger a new wave of contagion, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Speaking at a session of the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus, Raeisi hailed the satisfactory results of public vaccination that has led to a reduction in the new coronavirus cases and the death toll across the country.
Such success in containing the fifth wave of the pandemic does not mean that the health protocols could be ignored, he added, warning that a failure to take the disease seriously will result in a new wave of the pandemic.
Calling on the mass media, particularly the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, to encourage people to get vaccines, the president said all regulations set by the country’s coronavirus task force must be observed strictly.
He also unveiled plans for the gradual reopening of schools as the public vaccination program is advancing, noting that the government employees should be present in the workplace in the full and ordinary manner.
The public vaccination program against the coronavirus has gained momentum in recent weeks with a hike in the imports of vaccine, opening of new round-the-clock vaccination centers, and inoculation of people above the age of 12.