Islamic Republic officials claim domestic COVID-19 vaccines are to enter the vaccination program by next week! FDA Spokesman quoted Health Minister saying Iran-Cuba vaccine, Soberana 02, and COVIran Barekat have passed their first and second phases of clinical trial “beautifully” and will be approved for “volunteer use soon!” Apparently, the two vaccine have created “satisfactory” immunity and are safe! No results have been published yet.
Saeed Namaki, Health Minister, also claimed the homegrown vaccines are “the healthiest, most effective and most reliable” vaccine in the world! After a long oration on his achievements and praising his plans since day 1 of epidemic in Iran, asserted next week COVIran Barekat and Soberana 02 will be available to volunteers. The unproven vaccines with no available public results are to be applied to millions of Iranians. There have been evidence that regime is rebranding the Russian and Chinese shots as Iranian!
On the other hand, head of the FDA promised complete vaccination of all adult Iranians by March 22, 2022. Dr. Shanehsaz claimed 3million doses of domestic vaccines will be manufactured in July and it will reach 10million doses in month by September! All these promises while Ministry of Health official data show, since February 9, only 4,166,063 shots have been administered with 522,707 (0.62% of population) fully immunized.
Contrary to FDA statement that private companies have been unable to import COVID-19 vaccines, Naser Riahi, Chairman of Drug Importers Union, announced 1million doses of AstraZeneca are purchased and will arrive in Iran soon, followed by 3million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm! He said depending on Ministry of Health capacity, AstraZeneca doses will be imported in batches while the Sinopharm ones are contingent on future policy changes.
While many physicians and nurses are still not vaccinated, and Chairman of Reborn Population warns about the spread of coronavirus through 37,000 unvaccinated healthcare workers employed in the rehabilitation centers across Iran, Islamic Republic is creating a “list of reporters and employees involved” in the sham “elections” to receive COVID-19 shots!
Even though regime authorities are content with their catastrophic management of coronavirus crisis in Iran, and have announced the fourth wave is over despite what is shown in the graphs, locals report the fifth wave is on its way. Today, Bushehr Governor reiterated the next wave is imminent if the protocols are not followed.
The daily report provided by the Ministry of Health Spokesperson also indicate a significant increase in the number of cases and COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours in Iran. Sima Sadat Lari claimed 217 died of the disease while 11,042 tested positive for the novel coronavirus. With the increasing number of Indian variant cases in the country, Ministry of Health still refuses to provide specific strain information. Iran Medical Board officials estimate the real numbers are at least 3 times higher than the official reports. Daily PCR tests decreased while positivity rate rose to 9.04% from 6.96% from the day before.
Total: 2,913,136 (+11,042)
Dead: 80,156 (+217)
Critical: 4,160 (-50)
Active Cases: 374,296 (-6,331)
Tests: 19,936,548 (23.7% of the population, assuming each test was performed on 1 person)
Cover: Peyman Hamidipoor