Iran announces emergency use of domestic COVID-19 vaccine

TEHRAN, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki on Monday announced the emergency use of domestic vaccine for COVID-19.

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The emergency use of COVIran Barakat financed by the Barakat Foundation has been authorized, Namaki said at a conference in the central city of Arak.

The COVIran vaccine has gone through three clinical trial stages, the last of which involved 20,000 people in the cities of Tehran, Bushehr, Shiraz, Karaj, Mashhad and Isfahan, Tasnim news agency reported.

Moreover, another vaccine developed jointly by Cuba and the Pasteur Institute of Iran will be authorized next week, Namaki was quoted as saying by Tasnim.

Iran has already introduced COVID-19 vaccines from Russia, India, China and the Republic of Korea for 4,354,445 people across the country.