2021-September-17 08:46
Politics
2021-September-9  16:52

IRGC Commander Orders Intensified Efforts to Speed Up Anti-Coronavirus Vaccination in Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami called on the IRGC officials in the Iranian provinces to increase efforts to help accelerate public vaccination against coronavirus epidemic.

"I order all IRGC commanders to make their utmost efforts to use all available resources at full capacity for vaccination in line with the sacred goals of Martyr Soleimani plan," General Salami said on Wednesday.

He called for extending the working hours of the vaccination centers to 24 hours.

"You are absolutely free to use the IRGC's facilities and capacities to develop vaccination centers and act based on what you think is better," he added.

Addressing a meeting with the IRGC commanders, Iranian Health Minister Bahram Einollahi announced on Wednesday that there are currently about 21 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the health ministry's warehouses, adding that 8 million doses will enter Iran on Thursday and another 10 million doses will be imported next Sunday.

The Iranian Armed Forces, including the IRGC, the Army and the Basij (volunteer) forces, have launched a coordinated move to prevent further spread of coronavirus and help the health ministry to treat the patients.

Iran is entangled in a fifth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic, driven by the delta variant of the virus.