Another Volunteer Group Go Under Iran-Made Coronavirus Vaccine Test
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran started coronavirus vaccination on the second 7-member group of volunteers on Sunday.
After the successful injection of the domestically developed “COVIRAN Barekat” vaccine to the first group of volunteers and appearance of no side effects, the license was issued for a second group consisting of 7 volunteers.
The vaccination was carried out in the presence of the senior member of the National Task Force for Fighting Coronavirus ِDr. Minoo Mohraz and an official of Tehran Medical Sciences University Dr. Hamed Hosseini.
“After getting the license from the relevant authorities, the vaccination to the third group begins on Tuesday morning,” Dr. Hosseini said and added, “Today, three people have been vaccinated and tomorrow 4 volunteers will get the jabs and the first phase will continue till vaccination of 56 people.”
Hosseini expressed hope that the approval for the second phase of vaccination will be issued by the end of January.
He went on to say, “I make it clear that this vaccine has been fully safe till this moment and none of the 7 volunteers of the previous two groups has seen any side effects, and that’s why the vaccination of the third group has been licensed.”
Minno Mohraz, also, said, “After a long time, this is the first time that the production and testing of the Iranian coronavirus vaccine is being carried out with observing all international regulations and parameters that are even stricter than the rules of the World Health Organization.”
She, too, assured that the 7 volunteers who have been tested with coronavirus vaccine are being visited every day and no side effects have been seen in them.
“After injection of the vaccine to 56 people, by early March we will enter the second phase of the human trial of the vaccine,” Mohraz said, adding, “God willing, in the next spring, the public vaccination of our noble people will start.”
In relevant remarks on Saturday, the Iranian health ministry said that a home-made coronavirus vaccine has proven safe as the first trial on volunteers showed they had no adverse reaction to the injection.
Secretary of Medical Ethics Committee of Iran’s Health Ministry Ehsan Shamsi Koushki said on Saturday that his department had allowed COVIRAN Barekat, the Iranian vaccine that started its official human trial last month, be tested on seven more individuals in a third round of the trial.
“Those seven individuals who were injected with the first dose of the vaccine had no serious side effects,” Koushki said, adding that the new group of volunteers will get the jabs within the next 28 days.
The announcement came as Iran is resolved to launch a nationwide vaccination program to tackle the disease.