Chancellor of Iran University of Medical Sciences Jalil Kouhpayeh Zadeh said that the initial laboratory phase of the coronavirus vaccine has been performed and its human test and injection will be performed within the next 2 months.
He added that many researches have been done on the coronavirus vaccine internationally, saying that more than 10 groups are researching the production of coronavirus vaccine in Iran.
Kouhpayeh-Zadeh said that two research groups at Iran University of Medical Sciences are working on coronavirus vaccine production.
If these steps are successful, the vaccine will be mass-produced, he added.
In relevant remarks late last month, Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki announced that that the country's researchers have tested the home-made anti-COVID-19 virus vaccine on animals with successful results.
"We have taken effective steps in producing vaccine and many Iranian scientists have taken rapid steps in developing COVID-19 vaccine and the Iranian coronavirus vaccine test samples on animals have proved successful," Namaki said.
He, meantime, underlined the need for global unity and cooperation in the production of vaccines and medicine in campaign against the novel coronavirus.
Also in June, Iran's health ministry announced that it is seeking to produce homemade vaccine for the deadly coronavirus disease before the end of the current Iranian year (will end on March 20, 2021).
"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.
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."