Islamic Republic President says whoever criticizes the government and “hurt the unity in the country,” sympathizes with the US! He was referring to whoever that’s skeptical towards COVID-19 vaccine made in Iran by the Islamic Republic “Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order!” At the end of his eulogy and praising Qassem Soleimani, he said coronavirus is being controlled but people should refuse from any gatherings on “family or national occasions.” He didn’t mention anything about religious gatherings and the fact that Friday Prayers are held across the country tomorrow.
In the meantime, his Chief of Staff said, “The 16,800,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been ordered through WHO’s COVAX! 200million Euro needed for the transaction has been secured but not paid yet due to Christmas holidays, it will be done tomorrow or so!” Another confirmation that the problem with delay in purchasing COVID-19 vaccine was never US sanctions but not allocating the money by the regime! He also said about 4million doses are to be bought from China. “This might take about 2 months.” He continued, “We have acted on buying the vaccine from China, India, Russian and COVAX.” He revealed another secret of the regime, “The current vaccines are a bit expensive and with a little time and more production, the price will drop too.” Ahead of Namaki and against his wish that all COVID-19 vaccine news should be heard from him, Vaezi said, “The priority would be with the above 60s, people with preexisting conditions and healthcare workers.”
Secretary of Scientific Subcommittee of National Task Force claimed 2 more vaccines are close to start their human trials. He continued, “25.5million doses will be produced by 9 Iranian companies.” He didn’t offer any details as to which countries or any time frame. The FDA Spokesman, on the other hand, revealed Cuba as the mystery collaborator in making a version of coronavirus vaccine for Iran! He said the third phase of human trials are being carried out in Cuba and as soon as it’s successful, Iran would be using it! There has been very few reports about Cuba developing a vaccine, let alone being in its last phase of clinical trials.
While the controversial comments about the vaccine heats up every day, some provinces are warning about the fourth wave of the virus! Markazi and Mazandaran are two sounding the alarms! Sima Sadat Lari announced her daily undercounted data, showing increase in number of cases for the third day in a row. According to her, 128 died of COVID-19 while 6,390 tested positive for the virus. Testing remains in the same range.
Basic Reproduction Rate (R0) and graphs depict the ongoing crisis for more than 315 days in Iran.
Total: 1,225,143 (+6,390)
Dead: 55,223 (+128)
Critical: 5,039 (-48)
Admitted: 181,086 (-3,862)
Tests: 7,620,667 (9.1% of the population, assuming each test was performed on 1 person)
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