Islamic Republic Health Minister claims Iran will reach “herd immunity” by December. According to Eynollahi, second doses are being administered and 3-4 weeks after that, is the peak for immunity. The World Health Organization has recommended 3 doses of Sinopharm (not a booster!), the major COVID-19 vaccine used in the country, to be considered effective! Since February 9, only 38,893,839 (46.30% of population) have received 2 doses of these vaccines. In a study conducted in Shiraz, Sinopharm was deemed ineffective against the Delta variant.
Khamenei banned US and UK made vaccines, promoted the “domestic” ones which failed miserably, and the regime is forcing people into inoculation with one of the most unsafe vaccines in the world. Besides, Deputy Health Minister revealed the regime was about to charge people for each dose of the Sinopharm from October 22, but the plan was denied in the COVID-19 Task Force, probably to avoid nationwide protests.
As Islamic Republic reopened the schools from yesterday, many provinces see an increase in their 7-day average cases. Reviewing official stats, which are believed to be 1/7 of realiaty, from Yazd, Semnan, Hamedan, Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari, North Khorasan, Qazvin, South Khorasan, Kerman, Ardabil, Isfahan, Mazandaran, Fars, Khorasan Razavi, Golestan and Sistan-Baluchestan, 15 of 31 provinces and from all corners of the country, indicate spike in their hospitalizations and/or deaths. Kermanshah officials reported hospitalization period for COVID-19 patients has doubled with the Delta variant, reaching 14 days compared to 5-6 days in previous waves. Head of Zanjan Medical University warns the province is at the cusp of a breakout with increasing number of carriers and infection rate.
Head of Statistics and Information Technology Management Center of the Ministry of Health confirmed the upward trajectory in some provinces and rising number of “red” cities across the country, saying he cannot imagine schools reopen in “red” areas. Dr. Sharifi asked genetics and infectious-disease specialists to screen cases in Semnan, Yazd and Zabol (Sistan-Baluchestan) before it “gets out of hand!” Previously, South Khorasan officials warned about the Delta Plus subvariant being prevalent in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
While not even half of the country have received 2 doses of an ineffective vaccine, the Islamic Republic is pushing forward with the “smart quarantine” plan, only providing service to the vaccinated. However, the nightly “travel ban” has remained in effect for more than a year, and even though health experts and police officials admit it is futile and has no effect on the spread of the novel coronavirus, the regime refuses to cancel it. After reports of how much money it has produced for the government were published, Ghalibaf pointed out that the decision was purely to “protect people’s health and not making up the budget deficit!”
The Ministry of Health Spokesperson claimed 126 have died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and 7,554 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 305,000 have died of the disease since February 2020. Graphs illustrate the ongoing crisis in Iran and forming of the new wave.
Total: 5,987,814 (+7,554)
Dead: 127,299 (+126)
Critical: 3,687 (-26)
Active Cases: 258,751 (-5,791)
Total Tests: 36,278,187