COVID-19 vaccine has become such a chaos in Iran showcasing the reality behind every decision in the country! Each and every official says something different and a fight is about to broke among high ranking authorities. Saeed Namaki had said millions of doses have been ordered through WHO Covax program. After a few days, he claimed US sanctions have caused problem in paying for the order. Hemmati, head of Central Bank of Islamic Republic and Rouhani repeated the same claim. Naser Riahi, head of Iran Drug Importers Union, refuted their claim! Then comes the head of Scientific Committee of National Task Force saying, “We don’t have the equipment and capacities required for transportation and storage of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. So we told WHO that we don’t want this vaccine!”
That’s not the end of it, yet! Today, Saeed Namaki said, “I won’t let Iranians become guinea pigs for uncertain Iranian made coronavirus vaccine. We will import it from reliable sources.” On the other hand, Director of “Barekat Foundation”, supervised by Khamenei’s office, says the production of domestic one will be started by next week! The Health Minister also promised an Iranian vaccine would be available by the beginning of Spring 2021. Dr. Tabarsi, head of Infectious Disease Ward at Masih Daneshvari Hospital in Tehran, cast a shadow of doubt on accessing any foreign COVID-19 vaccine. Dr Minoo Mohraz had said the human trial for an Iranian vaccine has been approved to start.
At the same time, Sima Sadat Lari announced 12 counties in 4 provinces as “red”, 288 “orange” and 148 “yellow.” The Ministry of Health Spokesperson reported 247 COVID-19 deaths and 7,451 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours in Iran. The number of deaths has increased from the day before. Testing remains in the same range. While the manipulated data show a general decline in number of cases, health experts warn about undermining the danger of coronavirus resurgence at any moment. Provincial officials say the situation is extremely fragile. Despite all that, final exams of the 12th grade would be held in person from January 5 for 2 weeks! Just like Konkour in summer, these exams would be a huge source of infections in winter.
Basic Reproduction Rate (R0) and graphs have been the best indicators of 10 months of human catastrophe in the country. It has only worsen over time with Islamic Republic mismanagement and lies!
Total: 1,108,269 (+7,451)
Dead: 52,196 (+247)
Critical: 5,723 (-16)
Admitted: 243,803 (-3,213)
Tests: 6,704,247 (8.0% of the population, assuming each test was performed on 1 person)