0323 GMT June 30, 2022
Iran is ahead of developed countries in terms of public vaccination against COVID-19, said the health minister.
Making the remark in an address to a Sunday ceremony, Bahram Einollahi added Iran’s current status in terms of public inoculation against the coronavirus is indicative of the people’s real power, behdasht.gov.ir reported.
He noted that 92 percent of the people in Iran have received at least one dose of the vaccine, saying this comes as in the United States, public vaccination stands at 60 percent.
The minster added that despite the ups and downs the country has experienced over the past two years in terms of COVID-19 deaths and and infection, with daily fatalities over 700, and cases over 40,000, public vaccination is currently reflecting a favorable trend mainly thanks to the people’s cooperation.
History has proved that whenever people have a significant presence, jobs are done with greater momentum, Einollahi said.
He regretted that over 200 Iranian medical staff have lost their lives during the fight against the coronavirus since the outbreak in late February 2020.
Iran’s public vaccination gained greater momentum following the start of President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi’s administration, on the back of a rise in domestic production and imports.
Iran has developed a number of COVID-19 vaccines including 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).
Einollahi further said the permit has been issued for using the Noura jab in the country, saying the vaccine will soon be distributed at vaccination centers.
A few days ago, it was announced that Iranian experts at Barakat Foundation have managed to develop a new COVID-19 vaccine highly effective against the Omicron variant.
According to Health Ministry figures, by Sunday, 63,149,233 Iranians had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 55,753,546 had taken two doses, and 23,981,558 had received the third, booster shot, bringing the total number of administered doses to 142,884,337.
The Health Ministry also announced in a statement on Sunday that the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities and infections stood at 201 and 5,586, respectively.
It said the total COVID-19 deaths and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country stand at 137,948 and 7,089,892, respectively.
It added 3,722 people are in critical condition, and 1,014 new patients have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, so far, 6,730,318 people have either recovered or been discharged from hospitals, and 47,726,758 diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.
On December 19, Iran reported its first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. The spread of the new strain sparked the sixth wave of infections in the country, as it soon became the prevailing variant.
Top Iranian officials and health authorities say the country is past the peak of the sixth wave’s deaths and infections.
Last week, Health Minister Bahram Einollahi announced the news and one day later, Raeisi confirmed it.