COVID-19

Iran plans to buy 2 million doses of Pfizer vaccine

Iran is considering buying two million doses of the US-German Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, a senior health official said Tuesday in the country where the number of daily cases of infections and deaths is relatively declining.

“A contract is being established with the Iranian Foreign Office for the importation in one or two months of 2 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine produced in Belgium,” Food and Drug Director Mohammad-Réza Shanehsaz was quoted as saying. by Fars. news agency. “Currently, six vaccines have been given the green light: Sputnik, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Bharat, Pfizer produced in Belgium and Johnson & Johnson produced in Germany,” he added. Authorities have also approved the emergency use of two locally produced vaccines, including VOCiran Barekat, available in limited quantities.

According to Iranian media, the country has received more than 60 million doses of vaccines, especially from China.

Iran, the country hardest hit by the pandemic in the Middle East, has recorded more than 5.4 million cases of infections and nearly 118,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to Health Ministry figures released Tuesday. However, in recent days, the number of cases of infections and deaths has begun to decrease, after several records in August of contaminations and deaths. According to the admission of several Iranian officials, these statistics greatly underestimate the number of deaths and cases. Iran is facing what is billed as a “fifth wave” of the disease, fueled by the particularly contagious Delta variant.

So far, more than 30 million people have received a first dose and 14.1 million people (out of an estimated 83 million inhabitants) have been fully immunized. Iran has administered a total of 44.4 million doses since February.

On Sunday, authorities announced the opening of museums in Tehran and the country’s main cities, after more than a year of virtual closure due to viral pneumonia.

Iran is considering buying two million doses of the German-American vaccine Pfizer / BioNTech, a senior health official said Tuesday in the country where the number of daily cases of infections and deaths is relatively declining. “A contract with the Iranian is being established.” Foreign Exchange Office for the importation within a period of one to two months of 2 million doses of vaccine …

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