0611 GMT May 26, 2022
Iran is among the world’s top 10 countries in terms of the fight against the coronavirus, said the health minister.
Making the remark in an open session of the Iranian Parliament on Tuesday, Bahram Einollahi added that when President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi’s administration took office in August 2021, the country was under disastrous circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as many patients were in hospitals, daily deaths had reached record highs of 700, people had been quarantined and there was severe shortage of vaccines, IRNA reported.
He added, however, thanks to efforts by the Health Ministry and Parliament and people’s cooperation, numerous achievements have been made in terms of curbing the pandemic.
Einollahi added the ministry takes pride in that Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei is satisfied with its performance.
He noted that while the United States and Europe were not experiencing favorable situations with regard to their COVID casualties, the Iranian people could easily go on trips during the Norouz holidays (March 21-April 2), celebrated to mark the arrival of the new year, were happy and lively, and many businesses have resumed their activities thanks to the Islamic Republic’s effective management.
The minister also noted that a few days ago, in-person education was resumed in the country after two years.
Iran’s public vaccination gained greater momentum under the Raeisi administration on the back of the rise in domestic production and imports.
The country has produced a number of jabs and imported several batches of vaccines.
In a Tuesday tweet, Iranian Ambassador to Croatia Parviz Esmaeilifar said the European country’s government has donated 288,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to the Islamic Republic.
He added the donated batch was sent to Tehran within the framework of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and handed over to the Health Ministry.
The Iranian Health Ministry announced on Tuesday, 64,116,410 Iranians had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 57,227,374, who had taken two jabs, and 26,612,163 who had received the booster shot, bringing the total number of the administered doses to 147,955,947.
It added the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities and infections stood at 28 and 2,737, respectively.
The total COVID-19 deaths and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 140,678 and 7,197,505, respectively.
The ministry said 1,411 people are in critical condition, and 378 new patients have been hospitalized.
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, currently over, in the country, as it soon became the prevailing variant. Unlike the fifth wave caused by 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.