Deputy Minister: Iran, Russia to Cooperate in Production of Medicine, Vaccine
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Health Minister and Head of Iran’s Food and Drug Administration Mohammad Reza Shanehsaz announced plans to increase cooperation between Tehran and Moscow in production and exports of medicine and vaccine.
“The two sides enjoy considerable capacities in the field of supplying drugs and different vaccines and given the cooperation that will be accelerated as of today, we will be able to meet many medical and drug needs of Iran,” Shanehsaz, who has traveled to Moscow, said.
“Iran enjoys many capacities in production of vaccine and we have used Russia’s know-how too to pave the ground for strengthening the pharmaceutical technology in addition to exports (of medicine),” he added.
Reports said on Sunday that Tehran and Moscow are due to cooperate on manufacturing coronavirus vaccine to finalize the mutual project for production of Sputnik V vaccine.
An Iranian delegation has arrived in Moscow on Sunday to finalize a joint cooperation agreement to make the Sputnik V vaccine between Iran and Russia.
Shanehsaz arrived in Moscow on Sunday to pursue the plan.
He is going to negotiate with Russian officials, including the Minister of Health, and will sign a joint cooperation agreement for producing the Sputnik V vaccine between Iran and the Russian Gamaleya Research Institute.
The first cargo of Russian COVID-19 vaccine "Sputnik V" was loaded by Iranian airline Mahan Air and delivered to the country last Thursday.
Iran’s Ambassador to Moscow Kazzerm Jalali said on Thursday that by the next two weeks, the second cargo and by February 28, the third cargo of Sputnik V will be delivered to Iran, adding that the process will continue every two weeks and every month.
Iran is in a parallel move trying to produce home-made vaccine to fight against coronavirus.