Iran imports more Sinopharm vaccines from China

Iran has now received millions of doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine.

The Chinese Red Cross has sent six million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the Iranian Ministry of Health through the Iranian Red Crescent Society. The Iranian health organization has now introduced more than 106 million doses of the vaccine into the country, the official news agency of the Islamic Republic reported.

Iran has been one of the hardest hit countries in the world by the pandemic. There have been over five million cases and over 125,000 deaths in the country of 80 million. Government lockdowns also severely affected the economy, which was already reeling from US sanctions and government mismanagement.

The vaccine rollout in Iran was repeatedly delayed earlier this year, but the country has recently made progress. About 60% of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to Our World in Data, based in Oxford. In addition to vaccine imports, Iran has developed two vaccines nationally, one of them in collaboration with Cuba.

Despite advances in vaccination, Iran appears to be approaching a sixth wave of cases of the virus.

Sinopharm is widely used in the Middle East, although authorities in some countries are concerned about its effectiveness.

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