Iran’s COVID vaccination momentum considerable: Minister
Iran’s public vaccination against COVID-19 has gained remarkable momentum over the past three months, said the health minister.
Bahram Einollahi made the remark in a meeting with the managers of Germany’s Robert Koch Institute and the country’s Ambassador in Tehran Hans Odo Motzel on Tuesday night, IRNA reported.
The minister said some 84 percent of Iran’s target population have received their first dose, and 67 percent the second one.
He described as favorable and under control Iran’s situation in terms of the coronavirus spread, however, voicing concerns regarding the pandemic and its possible new waves.
Einollahi said, “The start of the new waves of COVID-19 infections in other countries has heightened our concerns.”
Iran’s was under unfavorable circumstances regarding COVID casualties a few months ago, the minister noted, adding daily infections and fatalities had reached record highs of 50,000 and 700.
Nevertheless, the minister said, increasing the public vaccination’s pace and people’s huge participation in the process have helped improve the country’s conditions.
Expressing satisfaction with the quality and quantity of the country’s health and treatment facilities, the minister said Iran has nearly 1,000 hospitals and 150,000 active hospital beds.
Iran’s public vaccination has gained greater momentum over the past few months on the back of a rise in imports and domestic production. The country has produced a number of COVID jabs domestically and received several COVID-19 vaccine batches from Russia (Sputnik V), China (Sinopharm), Japan (AstraZeneca) and India (COVAXIN).
Among the homegrown vaccines are Razi Cov Pars (Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute), Fakhra (Defense Ministry), COVIran Barekat (Barakat Foundation), Soberana 2 – or PastoCoVac (Cuba’s Instituto Finlay de Vacunas and Iran’s Pasteur Institute) – and Noura (the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps).
According to a Wednesday statement by the Health Ministry, 103,582,369 doses of COVID jabs have so far been administered in Iran, of which 57,061,606 have been given to people as the first dose, and 45,655,771 as the second dose.
In addition, 864,992 have received their third dose. Over 421,917 doses were administered during Tuesday to Wednesday.
Speaking on the sidelines of his meeting with Einollahi, Andreas Jansen, the head of Robert Koch Institute’s Information Center for International Health Protection, said Germany and Iran are similar with each other in their COVID casualties.
He added both countries have made considerable efforts to curb the pandemic, having shown their remarkable capabilities in managing the crisis.
In March 2020, Jansen noted, he, along with representatives of the World Health Organization, visited Iran and assessed as positive efforts by the country’s medical staff to end the pandemic.
He described as very significant achievements Iran’s development of different COVID jabs and widespread vaccination campaign, noting that many internationally-known individuals and communities have acknowledged the country’s success in inoculating its people against the disease.
According to the Health Ministry’s Wednesday statement, the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections reached 95 and 4,813, respectively.
It added that the total COVID-19 death toll and cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 129,280 and 6,092,822, respectively.
Since the outbreak, Iran has grappled with five waves of COVID-19 infections, one greater and deadlier than another.
Until a few weeks ago, the country was grappling with a fifth wave of COVID-19 infections, seeing record high daily deaths and cases of over 700 and 40,000, respectively. Although the fifth wave has subsided thanks to the increased pace of the public vaccination process, authorities constantly warn against the start of a new wave, calling for full compliance with the health protocols.