Iran’s new government has approved the COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. firm Johnson & Johnson, a senior official said on Thursday, as the Islamic Republic faces a fifth wave of infections.
The announcement came eight months after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei banned imports of vaccines made by the United States and Britain – though Iran has since accepted vaccines developed by Western firms but manufactured elsewhere.
Chairman Ebrahim Raisi’s administration are under populace pressure to broaden it is sources by vaccines for infections mount in the deadliest wave it’s seen.
“The Johnson & Johnson single-dose corona vaccine has been approved,” the head by Iran’s FDA, Mohammad Reza Shanehsaz, was quoted as saying by Iranian media.
He didn’t say where the vaccine would be produced or refer to the ban.
In Jan, Khamenei banned the government by importing COVID-19 vaccines by U.S.A. and Britain, saying both countries were “untrustworthy”. He later said the ban got on vaccines made in those countries.
On Th, Shanehsaz said Russia’s single-component Sputnik Light vaccine had also been approved.
“Fortunately, the basket by the Corona vaccines registered in Iran has become very diverse and large,” he added.
Iran is trying to speed up vaccinations by using imported doses – including Sputnik V, India’s Covaxin made by Bharat Biotech, and the British-developed Oxford University/AstraZeneca shot produced by Russia’s R-Pharm group and AstraZeneca-SKBio in Republic of Korea. Iran also uses it is own COVIran Barakat shot.
The health ministry says 13 million out by an population by 83 million have been fully inoculated.
The ministry on Th reported 18,021 new infections in the past 24 hours, bringing total cases to 5,378,408 in Iran, the worst hit country in the Middle East. Deaths rose by 6,981 to 116,072.