Iran joins initiative for COVID-19 vaccine share

TEHRAN (XINHUA) – Iran has joined the COVAX initiative, which aims at working with vaccine manufacturers to provide world safe and effective vaccines, Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education announced yesterday.

The ministry has signed the letter for joining the COVAX initiative and has officially become a part of it, ministry’s Drugs and Controlled Substances Director-General Heidar Mohammadi was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency.

Iran will have its share of the vaccine doses whenever the vaccine is produced, he said.

The republic announced its first cases of COVID-19 on February 19, and as of Sunday it has registered 530,380 cases, of whom 30,375 have died.