2021-April-21 18:28
2021-January-2  14:52

Iran Dismisses Shipment of COVID-19 Vaccine From S. Korea to Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Spokesman Mohammad Hassan Qosian Moqaddam strongly dismissed certain media reports that the transfer of the first COVID-19 vaccine consignment from South Korea to Iran has taken place.

A foreign media claimed that Fars Air Qeshm cargo plane has transferred first coronavirus vaccine consignment purchased by Red Crescent Society from South Korea to Iran.

The media had claimed that a Boeing 747 wide-body airliner and cargo aircraft of Fars Air Qeshm belonging to Mahan Air left Mehrabad for Incheon International Airport on Thursday to transfer the first COVID-19 vaccine consignment purchased by Iran's Red Crescent Society.

Qosian Moqaddam strongly dismissed the media report. 

In relevant remarks earlier, Head of Iran’s Red Crescent Society Karim Hemmati had said that the country was planning to take delivery of a batch of 150,000 coronavirus vaccines produced by Pfizer Inc.

The Pfizer vaccines have been donated by a charity group of Iranian people living abroad, he noted.
He said that the donation has been made in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.   

The country needs some 19 million to 20 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, one million of which will be imported by the Red Crescent Society, the official said.

“We will make every effort to import the one million coronavirus vaccines from reputable sources,” he said, adding that the vaccines will come from one of the East Asian countries, but will definitely be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.