Rouhani Stresses Support for Development of Iranian COVIID-19 Vaccines
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said his government will continue increasing support for efforts underway by the country's scientists and experts to develop reliable coronavirus vaccines for the novel Coronavirus, known as COVID-19.
Rouhani emphasized that the efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine that is reliable for the public will be supported by the government, adding that such efforts should be strengthened.
"Assuring public health is the top priority of the government, and therefore the purchase and manufacture of a reliable coronavirus vaccine is one of the main goals in combating this virus,” he added.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
“The government will continue to support knowledge-based companies and the Headquarters for Executing the Order of Imam Khomeini (EIKO) and will surely back all scientists engaged in the production of the vaccine,” Rouhani underscored.
In a relevant report it was announced on Sunday that Iran started coronavirus vaccination on the second 7-member group of volunteers.
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.”