The spokesman for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Kianoush Jahanpour said that the sixth consignment of Russian-made Sputnik V vaccines developed to curb the COVID-19 disease arrived in Iran on Thursday.
Fresh lockdowns and curfews were imposed on tens of millions of people from India to Argentina on Saturday, as COVID-19 infections surged again and vaccine roll-outs were hampered by scares over side effects.
As many as 60 countries, including some of the world’s poorest, might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global program intended to help them are blocked until as late as June.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani criticized the United States for blocking the country’s access to ten million doses of a coronavirus vaccine by pressuring the companies involved in the transferring of the vaccines to Iran.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that if the dangerous trend of vaccine nationalism and hoarding in wealthier countries continues, it could delay a global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
Iran unveiled a new COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Defense Ministry’s research center formerly headed by nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was assassinated in a suspected Israeli-linked terror attack late last year.
Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Latvia have called for talks among EU leaders regarding "huge disparities" in the distribution of coronavirus vaccines, according to a letter published Saturday.