At the same time that several provinces, including Alborz, East Azerbaijan, Khorasan Razavi, South Khorasan, claim they have passed the peak of the sixth wave of COVID-19, Deputy Head of Ahvaz Medical University warns about the upcoming wave in Iran. Dr. Alavi asserted the sixth wave will end in Iran in the next 2 weeks but officials must be cautious about the next one. He admitted daily death toll remains high. Dr. Alavi mentioned vaccination is difficult in some areas because they are inaccessible by car!
Dr. Pahlavan from Mashhad Medical University expressed his concern over “normalization” and assuming everything is going back to normal again, the same mistakes made before the Omicron rampage. Meanwhile, Fars and Semnan continue reporting rising cases and deaths. On the other hand, Islamic Republic has lifted all restrictions on all businesses with no repercussions for who don’t follow the protocols. An official of Ministry of Health said the National COVID-19 Task Force must decide about traveling during Persian New Year holidays a few days before that. That would be too late, just like last year.
The Islamic Republic “Supreme Leader” banned the reliable 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.
According to official definition of “full vaccination” and Ministry of Health data, since February 9, only 23,196,256 (27.61% 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 Ministry of Health Spokesperson claimed 207 have died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and 10,962 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. Professor of Epidemiology at Tehran University believes these numbers must be multiplied by 7 and Civil Registration Organization data show more than 323,000 have died of the disease since February 2020.
Total: 7,051,429 (+10,962)
Dead: 136,838 (+207)
Critical: 3,952 (-97)
Active Cases: 262,403 (-15,517)
Total Tests: 47,252,235
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