Omicron and Delta continue to ravage through Iran while Islamic Republic officials sit on their hands and blame the people for the catastrophe going on in the country. The regime keeps the schools open, refuses to enforce any restriction, the propaganda and religious gatherings go on without any protocol followed. In the past 24 hours, more than 11,000 visited Khuzestan hospitals. The sixth wave of COVID-19 has filled the hospitals in the province. Hospitalizations soar in Fars and across Iran.
According to official definition of “full vaccination” and Ministry of Health data, since February 9, only 21,865,626 (26.03% of Iran population) are vaccinated against COVID-19 with these vaccines. It is estimated that more than 53 million Iranians are at risk of contracting Omicron. The majority of shots used in Iran are the ineffective Sinopharm and COVIran Barekat. WHO recommends 3 doses of Sinopharm to be effective against Delta but studies have found the vaccine ineffective against Omicron.
The Islamic Republic “Supreme Leader” banned the relaibale US and UK made vaccines, leading to tsunami of deaths during Delta wave. Khamenei promoted his foundation’s shot, COVIran Barekat, which failed miserably. Multiple “homegrown” vaccines, including PastoCoVac, COVPars, Fakhra, Noora, Spikogen, never met the expectations and none of them has published their results or received recognition/approval from international health organizations. WHO even warned about fake AstraZeneca shots used in Iran. The Ministry of Health denied the report saying the international health body meant the “black market doses used.”
The Ministry of Health Spokesperson claimed 182 have died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and 17,545 tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Number of daily tests performed in the country continue to decline despite experts advice to have a more active case finding. Active cases soar and critical patients reach a new record. Professor of Epidemiology at Tehran University believes these numbers must be multiplied by 7 and Civil Registration Organization data show more than 320,000 have died of the disease since February 2020.
Total: 6,894,110 (+17,545)
Dead: 134,420 (+182)
Critical: 3,760 (+153)
Active Cases: 356,869 (-11,780)
Total Tests: 46,387,877
Cover: Amin Nazari