Rouhani: Supplying COVID-19 jabs government’s main priority
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the government’s top priority is supplying sufficient doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
He made the remark in an address to the 222nd meeting of the Government’s Economic Coordination Headquarters in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Sunday, IRNA reported.
Rouhani added the government has resolved the problem faced by the country in importing COVID-19 vaccines by allocating sufficient foreign currency funds.
He stressed that fighting the coronavirus effectively hinges on observing the health protocols and inoculating the people, noting that the former is a responsibility of the people and the latter a duty of the government that has determined importing and developing COVID-19 vaccines as its highest priorities.
Rouhani expressed hope that the domestic economy would return to the same path of equilibrium and growth it used to tread during 2014-17 in view of the enemy’s defeat in the economic war it waged on Iran and failure to achieve the desired result through its “maximum pressure” campaign.
He also referred to the ongoing Vienna talks on the nuclear agreement -- Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – discussing removal of US unilateral sanctions.
Since a few days ago, Iran and the remaining signatories to the JCPOA, signed between Tehran and the P5+1 in July 2015, have renewed efforts to revive the nuclear deal, from which the US withdrew in May 2018 and reimposed its unilateral sanctions — including the ones targeting the oil and banking sectors — on the Islamic Republic, through negotiations in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
Being part of Washington’s maximum pressure against Tehran, the sanctions failed to produce the desired result thanks to Iranian people’s maximum resistance.
Rouhani added that among important objectives of his administration and the Central Bank of Iran are balancing foreign currency prices in the domestic market, raising the value of the national currency and reducing goods prices.
He gave the assurance that through solidarity and coordination in the country, “we will able to witness major breakthroughs in coming weeks.
The secretary-general of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), Hassan Qosian, said on Sunday, Iran received the largest COVID-19 vaccine shipment since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in late February 2020.
The consignment, including one million doses of the vaccine, has been provided by the Red Cross Society of China, he added.
The cargo arrived at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport on Sunday morning.
Iran has already granted emergency use authorization to Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, COVAXIN made by India’s Bharat Biotech, Oxford/AstraZeneca developed by R-Pharm Group and the AstraZeneca-SKBio made in South Korea.
The Health Ministry announced on Sunday that over 2,700 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized in the country over the past 24 hours.
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, the Health Ministry’s spokeswoman, Sima Sadat Lari added the total number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in Iran exceeded 2,534,800 after the detection of 18,698 new cases since yesterday.
Of the newly detected cases, 2,711 patients have been hospitalized, she added.
At least 1,988,000 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or been discharged from hospitals across Iran, the spokeswoman added.
She put the total death toll from COVID-19 in Iran at 72,484, saying the disease took the lives of 394 patients over the past 24 hours.
Among those currently undergoing treatment in Iranian medical centers, 5,443 patients are in critical condition, Lari noted.
She also said that more than 16.1 million coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in Iran and over 956,000 people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The number of people infected with COVID-19 across the world has surpassed 152 million, with the death toll exceeding 3.2 million.