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Iran to roll out vaccination with home-made jab in April: SETAD chief

Iran Press TV

Tuesday, 02 February 2021 3:46 PM

People in Iran will start to receive shots of a home-made coronavirus vaccine in early April, says the producer of the jab, as the country pushes ahead with plans to roll-out a comprehensive vaccination program.

"We are highly optimistic to begin vaccination plan against corona (virus) in the country using the Iranian vaccine in late Farvardin (early April)," said Mohammad Mokhber, president of SETAD, the organization behind the production of Coviran Barekat, a local jab that has obtained regulatory approval for tackling coronavirus in Iran.

The announcement comes as Iran is preparing to take delivery of a first shipment of Russia's Sputnik V vaccines later this week to start vaccinating vulnerable people and healthcare staff.

President Hassan Rouhani said earlier on Tuesday that Iranian-made vaccines will be available to the public in the summer, adding that a nation-wide inoculation drive using foreign-made jabs will begin in the upcoming weeks.

Mokhber urged the government to accelerate imports of foreign-made vaccines despite efforts aimed at local manufacturing of the vaccine.

"Despite being the producer of corona (virus) vaccine inside the country, we have absolutely no objection to its imports," he said.

Mokhber said SETAD will begin manufacturing 2-3 million doses per month of Coviran Barekat "in the next few days", adding that production will reach 12-14 million doses per month in April when the jab begins to get into arms in Iran.

The official said that several countries had asked for supplies of the Iranian-made vaccine to use it in their domestic vaccination programs. However, he insisted that SETAD had not received any official request for such supplies.

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