COVID-19 has been ravaging through Iran for more than 340 days and Islamic Republic Ministry of Health Spokesperson and other officials warn Iranians must get ready for the next peak of coronavirus! Sima Sadat Lari said the situation is extremely fragile and “deaths could increase any moment.” She announced her daily undercounted and fake data. According to her, 75 died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours while 6,305 tested positive for the virus. Despite all warnings, the Friday Prayers were held across the country, including Qom.
While she announces 10 “red” counties in Mazandaran and 23 “orange” ones in the northern provinces, the “Mask App” and IRIB announce “There is no red county in the country.” Testing remains in the same range while positivity rate increases to 11.91% from 11.23% the day before. As the anniversary of 1979 revolution approaches, more manipulation of data is expected.
In the meantime, state-controlled media continue to spread disinformation about Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to justify why Khamenei banned importing of vaccines from US, UK and France. All of them have published the news about deaths in France as: “9 deaths due to Pfizer vaccination in France.” They even quote officials that the reason for deaths was the vaccine. However, French media have released the details of 7 deaths in elderly patients above 75 years of age with per-existing conditions with linkage to the vaccine, 2 days ago!
On the other hand, COVIran Barekat news is blown out of proportion in the media. According to the head of its clinical trials, so far 21 have received the jabs in its first phase and by February 20 more details would be released about the safety of the vaccine. Salehi said, “By March, the second phase of human trials will start.” “Razi Cov Pars”, a product of Razi Institution based on a recombinant protein, is going to start its first phase of clinical trials next week!
Basic Reproduction Rate (R0) and graphs depict the 11+ months of devastating situation in Iran, worsening by every decision Islamic Republic has made.
Total: 1,360,825 (+6,305)
Dead: 57,225 (+75)
Critical: 4,134 (-34)
Admitted: 151,924 (-897)
Tests: 8,796,864 (10.5% of the population, assuming each test was performed on 1 person)
Cover: Mohammad Mohsenzadeh : Qom Friday Prayers on January 22