Iran says to import over 42 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Iran will import about 42 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for over 20 million people, the Iranian Minister of Health, Treatment and Medical Education Saeed Namaki announced on Wednesday.

“We are purchasing vaccines from the World Health Organization’s COVAX program,” Namaki said in a public statement, as quoted by semi-official news agency ISNA.

He said Iran is set to import 16.8 million vaccine doses through COVAX.

About 5.5 million doses will be acquired through a joint production contract with one foreign company, the Iranian minister elaborated, adding another foreign firm will supply about 20 million doses.

Namaki also voiced optimism about the stage of development reached by locally-produced vaccines, and said 12 Iranian companies are currently working in the field.