The “domestic vaccines” charade continues to be the top story following the leaked letter showing COVIran Barekat has actually failed and become an importer of Sinopharm but presenting it as “homegrown.” Head of Drugs Control Administration at the Islamic Republic FDA reported the regime has paid 130 million Euros to “domestic developers” of COVID-19 vaccines. Since vaccination has begun in Iran, more than 110 million doses of Sinopharm have been imported already, Barekat is importing 20 million additional ones, and more than 10 countries have been donating their surplus vaccines to the regime left and right. Another admission that the “homegrown vaccines” projects are just a money hole. Additionally, healthcare staff have been protesting for their overdue wages and benefits for more than 20 months, Tehran Governor demands more money for Medical Universities but the Islamic Republic prefers to fill IRGC’s pockets by giving FakhraVac, without any results published, “emergency authorization.”
On the other hand, the number of people interested in receiving vaccines used in Iran has been decreasing for weeks. Kerman officials say 500,000 more residents need to register for vaccination to get closer to the herd immunity! In Rasht alone, more than 81,000 have not registered for their first dose. At the same time, Semnan and Mazandaran continue recording a surge in their cases. Mashhad, the second biggest city in Iran, reported increasing COVID-19 cases. Kermanshah Medical University official says the province is still struggling in the fifth wave. Fars is experiencing a “slow uptick” in infections. COVID-19 has intensified in Lorestan in recent days, according to authorities.
Despite all the warnings, Tehran has begun to enforce its “traffic control plan” which bans personal cars from the busy areas of the capital. With the sixth wave of the deadly virus shaping up, public transportation will be used more often, leading to more infections and hospitalizations.
Students and parents remain in limbo, as each provincial and regime official issues a different decree, set of conditions and date for mandatory in-person classes. The National COVID-19 Task Force is set to issue its decision tomorrow. However, Ministry of Health announced the “smart quarantine” program will be enforced across the country in the next 2 weeks. Dr. Heydari claimed with the new “system”, unvaccinated will be identified and banned from all services, forced to be quarantined.
The Ministry of Health claimed since February 9, total of 88,236,552 shots have been administered in Iran and only 35,283,617 (42.00% of population) have received both doses of these vaccines.
The Ministry of Health Spokesperson claimed 153 have died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and 9,857 tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Professor of Epidemiology at Tehran University believes these numbers must be multiplied by 7 and Civil Registration Organization data show more than 302,000 have died of the disease since February 2020. Graphs illustrate the ongoing crisis in Iran and forming of the new wave.
Total: 5,934,495 (+9,857)
Dead: 126,456 (+153)
Critical: 3,859 (-29)
Active Cases: 286,108 (-3,412)
Total Tests: 35,620,381