Official: Iran to Produce 50mln Doses of Indigenous Coronavirus Vaccine by September
TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of Iran’s Headquarters for Executing the Order of Imam (HEIKO) Mohammad Mokhber announced on Tuesday that the institute will provide the health ministry with 50mln doses of home-made coronavirus vaccine by September.
“As declared by the health minister, given the astonishing success of COV-Iran Barekat vaccine in clinical trials, the the vaccine emergency injection license will be issued soon and one million doses of the vaccine, which has previously been produced and stored in ShafaFarmed plant, will be made available to the public,” Mokhber said.
“We will deliver at least 3mln doses of the vaccine to the health ministry by the end of June, and 50mln doses by September,” he added.
Deputy Health Minister and Head of Iran Food and Drug Administration (IFDA) Mohammad Reza Shanehsaz announced on Monday that the country’s target population will be vaccinated against COVID-19 virus by the end of the Iranian year (March 20, 2022).
“In Summer, we will have a leap in the production and supply of Iranian vaccines; meaning that almost all vulnerable groups in the community will be vaccinated in summer, which is a great pride,” Shanehsaz said.
He added that Iran-made vaccines will be available in the country soon, noting, "We are proud to continue the vaccination with our own domestic vaccines; of course, this does not mean that we will not use foreign vaccines, but we will use them to increase the speed of vaccination.”
Shanehsaz stated that the entire target population will be vaccinated before the end of the Iranian year, and said, “We predict that the production of coronavirus vaccine will reach 3 million doses in July and increase to 10 million doses per month from September.”
Head of the COV-Iran Barekat vaccine project at the Headquarters for the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (HEIKO) Hassan Jalili announced on Sunday production of 1mln doses of coronavirus vaccine in the country, saying that the capacity for the production of the home-made vaccine will increase to over 18mln doses in September.
“Mass-production of vaccines has been on agenda since the day we started the clinical trial phase; now we have two production lines in ShafaFarmed company and the second industrial phase will be put into operation in the near future,” Jalili said.
He noted that the industrial production phase of the COV-Iran vaccine began a few weeks ago, and added, “Now we have produced one million doses of vaccines and we are ready to provide them to the health ministry after going through the legal procedures.”
“We are trying to produce 3 million doses of vaccine in June. We will increase the capacity in July and we will produce more than 18 million doses in September, while our researchers have also increased the efficiency of the vaccine,” Jalili said.
Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki announced last Tuesday that the country’s people will soon be vaccinated against COVID-19 with home-made vaccines.
“The first injection of Iran-made vaccines alongside the imported vaccines will be made in the current month (of Khordad which started on May 22),” Namaki said in the Western city of Ilam.
He added that the general vaccination program will continue in the next phases in summer.
Jalili said last week that the country is among the 10 world states with the capability to produce coronavirus vaccine.
“We are now among the first ten countries that could claim to have produced the coronavirus vaccine and have the ability to mass-produce it,” Jalili said in an interview with Khamenei.ir website on Monday.
“As far as I know, seven countries around the world have asked us to buy the vaccine,” he said, adding that a number of countries have raised their request in written and some others have asked for their vaccine during phone talks with Iranian officials.
“Those that have filed a written request have asked for 20 million doses of vaccine in the first phase,” Jalili said, adding that the health ministry should decide about the time for exports once domestic needs are met.
He underscored Iran’s long experience in developing and producing vaccines, saying that certain states that currently have vaccine production technology borrowed this technology from Iran and the country has helped them to develop vaccines.