Some 70,000 patients of rare diseases have received the COVID-19 vaccine so far, Mehdi Shadnoush, head of the transplant management and treatment center of the Ministry of Health, has said.
No homegrown COVID-19 vaccine will be exported until the domestic need is fully met, although several countries have asked for purchasing the COVIRAN BAREKAT vaccine, Mohammad Mokhber, the head of the Headquarters for Executing the Order of the Imam, has said.
Iran has received the second batch of the COVID-19 vaccine from the COVAX facility on Sunday.
Iran will receive about 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by early June if the supply process goes on according to schedule, Sadeq Tabrizi, a health ministry official, said on Monday.
The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has asked the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to provide 2 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to be used for Afghan refugees.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said the US obstructionism has hindered delivery of medicine and medical equipment to Iran, adding that COV-Pasteur and Barekat coronavirus vaccines will be given to the public in mid-May and mid-June respectively.
Iran received the largest shipment of coronavirus vaccine, containing 1 million doses, from China on Sunday, IRNA reported.
Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian says Iran will use its funds blocked in neighboring Iraq to purchase vaccines from Russia against the COVID-19 disease.
A 54-year woman has died in Canada after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine, the first fatality linked to the drug in the country, provincial authorities announced Tuesday.
Chairman of Iran-Switzerland Joint Chamber of Commerce Sharif Nezam-Mafi believes if the private sector is to import COVID-19 vaccines, they should hand over the vaccines to the Health Ministry for its distribution because it will reveal the humanitarian and nationalist feelings.