In a ceremony at Imam Khomeini hospital in Tehran, the clinical trial of the first domestically produced mRNA-based vaccine for the coronavirus started on Saturday.
Iranian scientists strive to domestically produce the two vaccines of pneumococcus and rotavirus to vaccinate all children aged one year and younger, head of the preventable diseases department of the Ministry of Health, Seyyed Mohsen Zahraei, has said.
In a letter to the universities of medical sciences, the Ministry of Health emphasized the need to inject a booster dose of coronavirus vaccine, ISNA reported on Tuesday.
All foreign immigrants and refugees under the age of five will be vaccinated against polio and measles.
President Seyed Ebrahim Raisi stressed the need for the people to continue to pay attention to health protocols and called on the members of the National Task Force Against Coronavirus to try to convince the people to inject a third dose of the vaccine.
The Ministry of Health has issued a license to export 20 percent of the domestically produced coronavirus vaccines, IRNA reported on Tuesday.
A total of 1,572,380 students, equaling 24 percent of the target group aged 12 to 18 nationwide, have received both doses of coronavirus vaccine, Azam Goudarzi, a health ministry official, said on Saturday.
Ambassador of Italy to Tehran yesterday said that major part of 1.6m doses of the Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccines which have been donated by Italy will arrive in Tehran tomorrow (on Monday) and remaining part will arrive in the coming weeks.
Coronavirus mortality in nursing homes has reduced by 65 percent due to mass vaccination, Hamed Barekati, the deputy health minister for population, family, and schools, has said.
The Iranian deputy health minister has warned the World Health Organization of a ‘vaccine apartheid’ which ‘can be a threat to the global health’.