Confusion surrounding COVID-19 vaccine in Iran continues! Head of Health Commission in Islamic Consultative Assembly stated, “Just like flu vaccine that we couldn’t import, we have problem making money available and transfer it to pay for the vaccine.” He admitted the COVID-19 vaccine made in Iran has not started its first phase of human trials yet but “at best, it could be available by July 2021.” It looks like, Iranians are going to struggle for another 7 months with coronavirus raging through the country and Islamic Republic unable to manage it!
Islamic Republic keeps manipulating the data it provides every day. They show an unusual sharp decline in deaths and cases, quite the opposite of what locals report. To cover this fact, the Ministry of Health has requested WHO representative in Iran, Dr Christoph Hamelmann to leave the country due to “his exaggerating reports to WHO.”
According to Ministry of Health Spokesperson, the lowest number of deaths since September 27 has been reached. Sima Sadat Lari announced 178 COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours while 7,121 have tested positive. While officials attribute this decline to the 2-week lockdown, the restrictions have been relaxed again after the 2 weeks, and now trying to reimpose curfew and lockdowns across the country due to Yalda night celebration! The on again off again short halfhearted lockdowns and premature reopenings have cost Iranians sufferings for more than 10 months.
Sadat Lari also announced the same counties as red, orange and yellow as yesterday. In the meantime, the Mask App which illustrates the “color” of cities around the country, has updated its data showing “Quarantine worked, no red city in the country.” Testing decreased compared to yesterday, and nowhere close to the 100,000 Saeed Namaki had promised.
Basic Reproduction Rate (R0) and graphs continue to show the overwhelming situation in the country for more than 300 days!
Total: 1,145,651 (+7,121)
Dead: 53,273 (+178)
Critical: 5,627 (-18)
Admitted: 226,904 (-2.018)
Tests: 6,944,462 (8.3% of the population, assuming each test was performed on 1 person)