TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iran Screens over 210,000 Incoming Passengers. More than 210,000 passengers have been controlled for coronavirus infection at the country’s points of entry, the Iranian Red Crescent Society for Rescue and Relief announced.
“So far, 213,250 passengers have been monitored through the plan,” Head of Iran’s Red Crescent Society’s Rescue and Relief Organization Mehdi Valipour said on Tuesday.
Ministries of health and transport have adopted a plan with the goal of rapidly identifying and testing incoming passengers and keeping them in quarantine facilities, if necessary.
Some 28 border posts have been selected, including 16 land borders, 10 air borders, and two sea borders, to test all incoming passengers and quarantine them in case of necessity.
In a relevant development earlier on Tuesday, Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki announced that the second phase of general vaccination against coronavirus started in the country, adding that 3 cases of Africa-originated COVID-19 infection have been identified in Southern Iran.
“We faced the disloyalty of vaccine suppliers in this process and the vaccination of the first group (in Iran) was completed late and with a delay of two weeks. The second phase started today,” Namaki said.
He added that the third phase of the clinical trial of one of the most effective vaccines in the world, which was carried out by transferring technical know-how from Cuba, has started in Iran, noting that the country is also due to produce Sputnik-V vaccine inside Iran in cooperation with Russia which will accelerate vaccination of people in the country.
Namaki also voiced concern that three cases of infection to a coronavirus mutation that has first been recorded in Africa have been reported in one of the country’s Southern provinces.