Iran Thanks China for COVID-19 Vaccine Donation
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh appreciated China for donating 250,000 doses of Chinese COVID-19 vaccine (Sinopharm) to Iran to help the country in the fight against the deadly coronavirus.
"The Chinese measure is symbol of the two nations' friendship," Khatibzadeh tweeted.
He said that both sides share a civilizational bond that will provide good opportunities for them.
"Joint cooperation for combating COVID-19 has proved the significance of the two states," Khatibzadeh added.
Iran received 250,000 doses of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine (Sinopharm) early on Sunday.
The first cargo of the Chinese coronavirus vaccine arrived at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport on Sunday morning.
Iran’s Food and Drug Organization had already authorized the import and use of the Sinopharm vaccine.
In relevant remarks last week, Spokesman of Iran's Food and Drug Organization (IFDA) Kianoush Jahanpour said that 250,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine donated by the Chinese government to Iran are sent to Iran.
“250,000 doses of the Chinese coronavirus vaccine have been loaded and sent to Iran,” Jahanpour said, adding that the shipment will be delivered to Tehran in the coming days.
“The Chinese shipment is donated and will be used in nationwide vaccinations against COVID-19 over the coming days and weeks,” he noted.
In relevant remarks last month, Kianoush Jahanpour said that Chinese coronavirus vaccine (Sinopharm) had been licensed for import, adding that 250,000 doses of the vaccine will enter the country in near future.
“In the first phase, 250,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine donated by China will arrive in Iran,” Jahanpour said on Monday, adding, “The issuance of conditional permit means that the producer has to inform Iran of the results of clinical studies in regular intervals.”