News ID: 321051
Published: 0225 GMT April 16, 2022

Raeisi: Iran willing to help China curb COVID pandemic

Raeisi: Iran willing to help China curb COVID pandemic
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi addresses a meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus in Tehran on April 16, 2022.

International Desk

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi expressed Iran’s willingness to help the Chinese people and government in the fight against coronavirus through sharing scientific experiences.

Making the remarks in an address to a Saturday meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, Raeisi said when Iran was under critical circumstances in its efforts to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, China made a significant contribution through sending vaccine consignments, wrote.

He added Iran is now in a situation that it can contribute to the Chinese government’s pandemic response through sharing its scientific experiences.

The president noted that under the present circumstances, countries are required to provide each other with assistance in curbing the coronavirus spread, saying the Islamic Republic is intent on continuing its humanitarian policies and assistance to less affluent countries in the region and the world.

Describing the domestic firms’ development of COVID vaccines as a glorious achievement, Raeisi said Iranian jab producers can export their surplus output after meeting domestic demands.

He added Afghanistan is a potential destination.

Commenting on the Saturday decisions by the COVID-19 task force in a tweet, its spokesman Abbas Shirozhan said Iran is ready to export the surplus jab output and send health and treatment personnel as well as vaccine doses to China if the need arises.

Iran has developed a number of jabs including COVIran Barekat (Barakat Foundation), Razi Cov Pars (Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute), Fakhra (Defense Ministry), Soberana 2 – or PastoCoVac (Cuba’s Instituto Finlay de Vacunas and Iran’s Pasteur Institute) – and Noura (the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps). It has also imported several batches of vaccines.


Consignments cleared


In addition, the Islamic Republic of Iran's Customs Administration (IRICA) spokesman Rouhollah Latifi said on Friday, 3,818,400 doses of Astrazeneca vaccine donated in four consignments by Bulgaria, Croatia and Japan received customs clearance following the issuance of a Health Ministry permit.

He added the Bulgarian cargo comprising 2,830,400 doses of the jab was delivered to Iran on April 8, saying the Croatian consignment (288,000 doses) arrived in Tehran on April 11.

On Friday, Latifi said, two 350,000-dose consignments were delivered by Japan.




The Iranian Health Ministry announced on Saturday the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities and infections stood at 23 and 1,015, respectively.

The total COVID-19 deaths and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 140,800 and 7,205,064, respectively.

The ministry said ‎1,420 people are in critical condition, and 195 new patients have been hospitalized.

By Saturday, the total number of the administered doses in the country reached 148,217,986.

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 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.

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



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