News ID: 320829
Published: 0232 GMT April 06, 2022

Four million COVID jabs exported by Iranian producers: FDA

Four million COVID jabs exported by Iranian producers: FDA

International Desk

Iranian producers have exported four million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, said the head of Irans Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Bahram Daraei made the remark in a Wednesday tweet, noting that domestic vaccine producers have managed to find foreign customers.

He added despite the limitations imposed on the process by the World Health Organization (WHO), Iranian COVID jabs are waiting for their turn to receive approval from the organization.

Daraei said the Iranian jab, dubbed COVIran Barekat (Barakat Foundation), is ahead of the other domestic vaccines in the line.

The other Iranian vaccines are Razi Cov Pars (Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute), Fakhra (Defense Ministry), Soberana 2 – or PastoCoVac (Cubas Instituto Finlay de Vacunas and Irans Pasteur Institute) – and Noura (the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps).

In addition, Iran has imported several batches of vaccines.

The Health Ministry announced on Wednesday, 64,005,098 Iranians had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 57,027,341, who had taken two jabs, and 26,403,135 who had received the third, booster shot, bringing the total number of administered doses to 147,435,574.

This comes as, Kamal Heidari, a deputy health minister, said on Wednesday, close to 22 million of the Iranian target population have not yet shown up at vaccination centers to receive their third dose.

He added this is while sufficient vaccines are available and all facilities have been provided.




In its Wednesday statement, the Health Ministry added the countrys daily COVID-19 fatalities and infections stood at 44 and 4,228, respectively.

The total COVID-19 deaths and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 140,451 and 7,180,008, respectively.

The ministry said 1,483 people are in critical condition, and 494 new patients have been hospitalized.

According to the statement, 6,900,097 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals and 49,779,243 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out across 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. Unlike the fifth wave caused due the spread of the Delta variant, the number of daily deaths in Iran did not witness any significant rise during the sixth wave on the back of the widespread public vaccination although daily cases reached over 39,000.

Top Iranian officials and health authorities earlier announced the country is past the peak of the sixth waves deaths and infections.

The National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus announced a few days ago that physical attendance at the countrys schools and universities will become mandatory as of April 3. The country resumed full in-person education on the same day after two years.



Resource: IRNA
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