FM: Iran, Cuba Scientific Cooperation to Produce Joint Vaccine on Right Track
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hailed the scientific cooperation between Iran and Cuba, specially in the joint production of COVID-19 vaccine.
Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with the visiting head of Finlay Vaccine Institute (IFV) Vicente Vérez Bencomo, in Tehran.
The head of the Cuban Finlay vaccine institute has been in Tehran since Sunday to discuss the continuation of joint production of vaccines against COVID-19 with the Iranian medical officials.
In the meeting, Zarif lauded the scientific cooperation between Iran and Cuba, specially in the fields of biotechnology and genetic engineering, and attached great importance to the Iran-Cuba joint production of COVID-19 vaccine.
During the meeting, Dr. Vicente Vérez Bencomo, for his part, explained the cooperation between the vaccine institutes of the two countries on jointly producing the COVID-19 vaccine and the unique features of the jointly manufactured vaccine, and thanked Zarif and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for rapidly advancing cooperation between the two countries to produce a joint vaccine.
Vicente arrived in Tehran on Sunday and held a joint press conference with Head of the Pasteur Institute of Iran Alireza Biglari during which the Iranian side said that the vaccine manufactured jointly by Iran and Cuba is the only vaccine that can fight several variants of COVID-19 highly effectively.
In relevant remarks earlier, Alireza Biglari also said in a press conference that the Iranian-Cuban vaccine is 91.2% effective against the worst variants of COVID-19 such as the South African and Californian variants.