0929 GMT January 19, 2022
The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Iran in the first three months of the new administration’s term in office witnessed a 40-fold growth compared to the figure achieved during the preceding 90-day period under the former government.
The government’s spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi made the remarks in an address to a press conference on Tuesday, saying that since August, the new administration of President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi has administered over 100 million doses of COVID jabs, IRNA reported.
He noted that December 3 marks the 100th day since the formation of the cabinet, adding that an assessment of the Raeisi administration’s 100-day performance will be made and presented soon.
Bahadori Jahromi said although the new government has not had any obligation to present a report of its 100-day performance, it deems itself duty-bound to be transparent and responsive.
“Some ministries have already begun presenting their reports.”
He added in late August, the country’s main challenge and problem was how to deal with the situation already worsened under the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The spokesman regretted that three months ago, daily COVID fatalities of over 700 were reported and the Iranian people were faced with a dearth of medicine, essential goods and jabs.
At present, however, people are not concerned about a lack of vaccines and can find them at any time and at the nearest place possible, he said.
In addition, Bahadori Jahromi noted, at the president’s order, a restriction banning nocturnal intracity travel in red (very high-risk) cities has been lifted and COVID deaths have decreased significantly, adding preserving people’s dignity is the government’s priority.
“Currently, essential goods are quite accessible to people. Today, people can easily attend ceremonies and family gatherings, the pressure on the medical staff has been reduced and our children can be physically present in schools.”
In the field of domestic policy, people undoubtedly find government officials more accessible and by their side, he said.
“Today, even if the people face a problem, they know that senior government officials will resolve it as soon as possible, and not through videoconferences, but by being physically present on the scene, assessing the situation.”
Iran’s public vaccination has gained greater momentum over the past few months on the back of a rise in imports and domestic production. The country has produced a number of COVID jabs domestically and received several COVID-19 vaccine batches from Russia (Sputnik V), China (Sinopharm), Japan (AstraZeneca) and India (COVAXIN).
Among the homegrown vaccines are Razi Cov Pars (Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute), Fakhra (Defense Ministry), COVIran Barekat (Barakat Foundation), Soberana 2 – or PastoCoVac (Cuba’s Instituto Finlay de Vacunas and Iran’s Pasteur Institute) – and Noura (the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps).
According to a Tuesday statement by the Health Ministry, 105,892,663 doses of COVID jabs have so far been administered in Iran, of which 57,679,061 have been given to people as the first dose, and 47,147,333 as the second dose.
In addition, 1,066,269 have received their third dose. Over 730,455 doses were administered during Monday to Tuesday.
The Tuesday statement added the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities and cases stood at 119 and 4,253, respectively.
According to the ministry, the total COVID-19 death toll and cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 129,830 and 6,117,445.
It said 3,334 patients are in critical condition, and 801 new ones have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 5,883,470 people have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals, and 38,763,945 diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country.
No city in the country is currently coded red in terms of the coronavirus spread, while 22 cities are in the orange zone (high-risk) and the number of yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 207 and 219, respectively.
Since the outbreak, Iran has grappled with five waves of COVID-19 infections, one greater and deadlier than another.
Until a few weeks ago, the country was grappling with a fifth wave of COVID-19 infections, mainly sparked by the Delta variant, seeing record high daily deaths and cases of over 700 and 40,000, respectively. Although the fifth wave has subsided thanks to the increased pace of the public vaccination process, authorities constantly warn against the start of a new wave given the spread of the new strain of the coronavirus, known as Omicron, calling for full compliance with the health protocols.