As the official number of COVID-19 deaths keeps rising, Islamic Republic officials push harder for the ineffective Sinopharm and reopening schools and universities. IranTrue reported on Muharram gatherings showing their impacts, yesterday. Today, according to the Ministry of Health, 635 more died of the disease in Iran in the past 24 hours. The official data are at least 7 times less than the reality, according to Professor Holakoui of Tehran University, and Civil Registration Organization statistics indicate more than 273,000+ have died of COVID-19 in the past 18+ months. Mashhad Medical University announced 2 times more deaths compared to the fourth wave. Dr. Sedaghat also admitted the crisis is still ongoing and overload of cases continues. Ardabil reported another “black day” and so did Lorestan.
Dr. Motevalian, epidemiologist and faculty member of Tehran University, in an interview aired on national TV, admitted COVID-19 fatality rate is twice the rate in the world and vaccination rate, on the other hand, is half the average in other countries. Motevalian cited the fatality rate in the world at 0.6 in 1,000 while it is 1.3 in 1,000 in Iran. “On average, 66 doses have been administered in every 100, while that number is 32 in Iran!” He confirmed vaccination is the only way to prevent death and severe illness. It is notable, Khamenei banned US and UK made vaccines in January, preventing reliable vaccines to be purchased in time, before the fifth and most deadliest of COVID-19 waves yet.
On the other hand, Islamic Republic has been importing mainly Sinopharm, which is not effective against Delta. AstraZeneca has been imported through COVAX accord and today, Austria Foreign Ministry announced the country is donating 1,000,000 doses of it to Iran. IRGC commanders, former President and Health Minister, current Vice President, and the “Supreme Leader” have all “promised” they would be donating “homegrown vaccines” to other countries. Since there is “no second dose of Sputnik V” in the country, Ministry of Health has asked vaccination centers to use AstraZeneca as the substitute. Sputnik V has a specific second dose and there has been no research suggesting AstraZeneca could be used as the second dose.
Meanwhile, head of Virology Research Center at Beheshti University in Tehran criticized the government for “doing nothing” to control the virus. Dr. Naji affirmed the virus took its natural course. Nursing organizations in Iran continue to rebuke the regime for not supporting them and hire enough nurses. According to an official, during the fifth wave of COVID-19, dominated by Delta variant, some nurses have had to manage 25 patients single-handedly at the same time. They call it “nursing crisis!”
While people were struggling to find a single saline solution for their remdesivir injection and Islamic Republic did nothing about it, mountains of those bottles were in Customs from 5 years ago! Most of them expired. Pejmanfar, an Islamic Consultative Assembly Rep, revealed the secret and showed on the floor of the “parliament!” According to him, “the bottles imported from Germany are all expired now. Solutions used for renal failure patients who need dialysis are also getting expired soon, but are at Customs.” Another proof that people’s lives mean nothing to the different mafias ruling the country.
Islamic Republic Health Minister is determined to reopen universities by October. However, majority of students and professors have not been vaccinated. Head of Beheshti University said only 1,000 students staying in dorms have received a shot, that is 1/20 of total students in the university. “1/20 vaccination is not enough to reopen university.”
Ministry of Health claimed total of 30,338,254 shots have been administered in Iran since February 9 while only 10,355,300 (12.32% of population) have received both doses. The Spokesperson also asserted 27,138 tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours. Graphs illustrate the five waves Iran has been though so far, while Lambda is on its way, possibly beginning the sixth one.
Total: 5,184,124 (+27,138)
Dead: 111,892 (+635)
Critical: 7,606 (-22)
Active Cases: 649,492 (-2,154)
Total Tests: 29,677,880