Raisi Calls for Accelerating COVID Vaccine Imports
Raisi Calls for Accelerating COVID Vaccine Imports
President Ebrahim Raisi has called on Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to accelerate the import of foreign-made COVID-19 vaccines.

TEHRAN (Iran News) –  Raisi Calls for Accelerating COVID Vaccine Imports. President Ebrahim Raisi has called on Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to accelerate the import of foreign-made COVID-19 vaccines.

Speaking in a cabinet meeting, Ebrahim Raisi said, “The situation and the victims of COVID-19 require that we do not delay the measures needed to contain the situation, even for an hour.”

“I call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Zarif to take the necessary measures to accelerate and increase the import of vaccines into the country, and the officials of the Ministry of Health and institutions such as the Red Crescent to do their utmost to expand and accelerate public vaccination,” he added.

The President called the management of coronavirus the most important issue in the country today and added, “Controlling the outbreak of coronavirus, which has intensified these days, requires the cooperation of all officials like all other acute problems.”

He stressed that if all the country’s capacities are not used to curb the outbreak of coronavirus, it will be difficult to get out of the current situation.

“Another very important point is to persuade public opinion to participate in helping the government in this regard,” he went on to say.

“We respect all the steps that have been taken so far to contain coronavirus, but we must work actively and in more effective ways to overcome the problem,” he said.

Raisi stressed that no one should exclude themselves from observing health protocols and that everyone should feel that they must first follow the instructions themselves.

“Another important point is to pay attention to the families and individuals who have been affected by the outbreak of coronavirus for any reason,” the president said, adding, “As the Supreme Leader emphasized, we must not allow this part of society to suffer any more.”

Raisi added that using positive methods to encourage people to follow the protocols is definitely a priority, adding, “Apart from this issue, measures should be taken so that those who harm the people and society by not following the instructions know that observing the protocols is a must.”

Meanwhile yesterday, President Raisi noted that there is no problem with allocating currency to import Corona vaccines and stressed that the import and production of domestic vaccines accelerated.

Raisi on Friday in a meeting of specialized committees of the National Task Force for Combating Coronavirus stressed the importance of people in observing health principles to control the Coronavirus, and said: “By complying fully with health guidelines and applying more controls and restrictions, we will have good conditions in controlling and overcoming this disease, and I call on the people to help the administration in this direction.”

Raisi called on the spokesperson of the National Task Force for Combating Corona, the Information Committee, and the IRIB to manage the information process so people can be informed about relevant news accurately, transparently and quickly through official sources.

Raisi emphasized that “There is enough medicine and the vaccination process will accelerate” and said: “There is no problem in allocating currency to the import of Corona vaccine and the import of vaccine has accelerated. At the same time production of domestic vaccine expanded.”

“Acceleration of vaccination is one of the priorities of the administration that the first vice president is seriously pursuing and we hope with imports in a short time, we will witness a large percentage of people get vaccinated,” President Raisi said.

Meanwhile Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Ground Force expressed his forces’ readiness to help the Iranian health society in the public vaccination program against the coronavirus.

In comments in Iran’s northeastern city of Mashhad on Thursday, Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said the IRGC Ground Force is ready to help and promote the coronavirus vaccination centers across Iran.

He also noted that the IRGC Ground Force has set up an operational headquarters after Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei ordered the mobilization of efforts by the military forces in the battle against the pandemic.

The general also said that the IRGC Ground Force’s stationary and mobile hospitals across the country have focused efforts on the treatment of the coronavirus patients.