News ID: 319521
Published: 0230 GMT January 19, 2022

Health sector receives first batch of homegrown Fakhra COVID jab: Defense Ministry

Health sector receives first batch of homegrown Fakhra COVID jab: Defense Ministry
IRNA

National Desk

The first batch of a homegrown COVID-19 vaccine, dubbed Fakhra, was handed over to the Iranian Health Ministry.

Director-General of the Defense Ministry’s Department of Health, Relief and Treatment Reza Allahveran made the remark, saying the batch consists of 426,000 doses of the jab, IRNA reported.

Developed by the Defense Ministry, the vaccine has been named Fakhra, after nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the former head of the ministry’s research center who was assassinated in late November 2020 near the Iranian capital Tehran. Israel has been suspected of assassinating Fakhrizadeh as well as several other Iranian scientists since 2010.

Allahveran noted that Fakhra develops very strong immunity against the coronavirus variants.

Fakhra is an inactivated virus-based vaccine, requiring two doses given by intramuscular injection 14 days apart, according to Press TV.

 

Imports near 155m doses

 

In addition, the spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Customs Administration (IRICA), Rouhollah Latifi, said following the delivery of over two million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to Iran from Spain, the number of the country’s imported doses neared 155 million, according to IRNA.

He added that over the past few days, Iran received three batches of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine from Greece (193,000 doses) and Japan (two 35,000-dose consignments), noting that following the entry of the Spain-donated 2,204,000 doses on Wednesday, the country’s total number of jab imports reached 154,975,308.

Latifi noted that Iran has so far received 15,754,610 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

The IRICA spokesman said the new consignment was directly handed over to the Health Ministry in the presence of Spanish Ambassador to Iran Angel Losada Fernandez and Iranian customs officials.

Latifi listed the other imported COVID jabs as China’s Sinopharm (134,004,498 doses), Russian Sputnik V (4,091,200), and Indian Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN (1,125,000).

According to IRICA figures, the country has so far imported 93 batches of COVID-19 jabs.

According to Wednesday figures by the Iranian Health Ministry, the total number of administered vaccine doses in the country stands at 127,216,770, of which 60,404,946 have been given to people as the first dose, 53,334,908 as the second dose, and 13,476,916 as the third, booster shot.

 

Global vaccination ranking

 

According to the latest figures by ourworldindata.org, Iran ranks 17th in the world in terms of public vaccination against COVID-19.

The statistics show that the country has given a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 71 percent of its entire population, and has administered two doses to 62 percent.

Ranking above Iran are the UAE (99 percent), Portugal (94 percent), Cuba (93 percent), Chile (91 percent), Singapore (89 percent), China (88 percent), Canada (84 percent), Italy (82 percent), Japan (80 percent), France (79 percent), Vietnam (79 percent), Brazil (78 percent), Britain (76 percent), the U.S. (75 percent), Germany (74 percent) and Thailand (74 percent).

 

Casualties

 

According to a Wednesday statement by the Iranian Health Ministry, the country’s daily COVID-19 cases and fatalities stood at 19 and 4,060, respectively.

The total COVID-19 death toll and cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 132,132 and 6,231,909.

The ministry said 1,271 people are in critical condition, and 330 new patients have been hospitalized.

According to the statement, 6,071,217 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals, and 43,680,828 diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.

Iran on December 19 said the first definite case of infection with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus was ‎detected in the country.‎ Since then, the country has reported 1,533 cases of the Omicron variant, of which three have died.

  

 

 

 

   
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Resource: IRNA
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