Tehran (IP) – Iran's health minister says the Iran-Cuba COVID-19 vaccine is one of the world's most successful and effective vaccines.

Iran PressIran News: Speaking at the meeting to evaluate the Iran-Cuba COVID vaccine's progress, Saeed Namaki stated that the newly-made vaccines must be absolutely resistant and effective against the new virus mutations.

He also noted that the Health Ministry had made significant efforts to import vaccines, adding: "Iran's homemade vaccines will also enter the market within the next months (Iran-Russia joint Sputnik V, COVIran Barekat, and others)."

In a further remark, he reiterated that in Khuzestan, Boushehr, Sistan-Baluchestan, and Hormozgan provinces, which were the Delta COVID entry gates, vaccination must be done for people over 45.

Stressing that the nationwide vaccination should be accelerated, he pointed out that public transportation drivers, teachers, nomads, and people with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes are (all over 18 years) in priority for getting vaccinated.

"The entry of Afghan refugees due to new events, non-compliance with protocols, and the opening of restaurants in the red areas caused the fifth COVID wave in Iran," Namaki said.

He added that observing all hygienic protocols, social distancing, and limiting any unnecessary trips, would contain the virus.

The meeting on the progress of the joint vaccine of Cuban Finlay and Iran's Pasteur Institutes was held at the Health Ministry on Sunday, with the attendance of Iran's Health Minister Saeed Namki, Cuba's Finlay Institute Managing-Director Vicente Vérez, and other high-ranking health officials.

Reported by Arezou Raufi


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