"A number of knowledge-based Iranian companies are trying to produce coronavirus vaccine and one of these companies will offer its achievements by the yearend," Director-General of Research and Technology Development Office of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education Hosein Vatanpour said on Monday.
He further pointed out that Iranian HPV and seasonal influenza vaccines will be produced and hit the market by the end of the current year.
The environment of producing vaccine and ensuring its effectiveness are of the two important issues, Vatanpour said, adding, "The vaccine production environment should be isolated which is underway for producing coronavirus vaccine."
He pointed out that Iran is moving forward in tandem with other advanced countries equally in a way that salient achievements taken in the country can compete with international achievements.
"Three knowledge-based firms are active in producing HPV (Human Papillomavirus Vaccine) in the country," Vatanpour added.
In relevant remarks in late May, Health Minister Saeed Namaki said that the world hails Iran’s performance in battling coronavirus as the country has successfully managed and contained the virus to a great extent.
Namaki made the remarks noting that despite all the problems caused by sanctions and economic constraints, Iran is one of the pioneers in the fight against coronavirus.
“We have managed and contain the disease in many provinces.” he said.
Namaki stressed that if people observe health protocols, there won’t be a notable surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the country in the next two months.
“There is no shortage of hospital beds in the country and we have gained more experiences than before. Besides, much more advanced treatment instructions are being provided for the patients," the minister underlined.
According to Namaki, Iran has taken long steps in the field of producing vaccines and medical supplies.
“It is a national honor that we have been able to export medical equipment such as ventilators and N95 masks 60 days after the onset of the disease.” he added.
The Iranian health ministry announced on Sunday that 2,489 new cases of infection to COVID-19 virus have been diagnosed in the country in the past 24 hours, adding that 144 patients have passed away since yesterday.
"2,489 more patients infected with COVID-19 virus have been identified in the country in the past 24 hours based on confirmed diagnosis tests and 1,406 patients have been hospitalized," Iranian Health Ministry Spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said.
She added that the total number of coronavirus patients in Iran has increased to 222,669.
Sadat Lari expressed pleasure that 183,301 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.
She said that 10,508 people have lost their lives due to infection to the virus, including 144 in the past 24 hours.
Sadat Lari said that 2,946 coronavirus patients are unfortunately in critical conditions, adding that 183,301 patients have recovered and left hospitals.
She said that 1,610,869 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the country so far.
The ministry’s spokeswoman, meantime, voiced concern about the increasing number of coronavirus patients in Khuzestan, Kurdistan, West Azarbaijan, Hurmozgan, Kermanshah, Bushehr, Ilam, East Azarbaijan and Khorassan Razavi provinces.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said earlier this month that over 1,000 medical centers in the country have received necessary equipment to conduct tests on people suspected of infection to coronavirus, and added that Iran ranks first in the Muslim world in scientific achievements.
"Based on a report [by the health ministry], 1,200 centers across the country are ready to take samples and tests from people and 17,500 nursing and health homes are also prepared to provide hygiene and treatment services to people," Rouhani said, addressing a meeting of the national coronavirus campaign headquarters in Tehran.
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting approximately all countries and territories around the world. The virus was first reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. It has so far killed more than 501,600 people and infected over 10.1 million others globally.
The Iranian foreign ministry declared that despite Washington’s claims of cooperation to transfer drugs to Iran via the new Swiss-launched payment mechanism, the US is troubling the process amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Although US claims that medicines and medical equipment are not under sanctions, they have practically blocked the transfer of Iran’s financial resources in other countries into the Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA), Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said.
As the death toll from the virus surges, Iran intensifies its preventive safety measures. Closures of schools and most universities have been extended until further notice.