TEHRAN – Bulgaria has shipped 2.83 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines against Covid-19 to Iran, IRNA reported.
The cans were delivered on April 9 and welcomed at a ceremony attended by Bulgaria‘s Ambassador to Iran Nikolina Kuneva.
“During the global pandemic, joint efforts and cooperation are the only way to recovery and resilience,” the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said.
The total number of vaccines imported into the country since the beginning of February 2020 reached 158,056,808 doses.
In March, Iran received 2,191,500 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines donated by the federal government.
However, Iran is the sixth country in the world and the first country in West Asia to gain the ability to manufacture the coronavirus vaccine.
According to Bahram Daraei, head of the Food and Drug Administration, the country is capable of producing 600 million doses of coronavirus vaccine annually thanks to the capacity of knowledge-based companies.
A total of 21 knowledge-based companies produce 50 million doses of vaccine monthly and 600 million doses annually.
Health Minister Bahram Einollahi said the country is currently exporting domestically-made vaccines for the coronavirus to 10 African countries.
“We started exporting coronavirus vaccines a week or two ago,” he said, adding, “Currently, vaccines made in Iran are exported to ten African countries.”
On January 28, the process for the global registration of the Iran-made “COVIRAN Barkat” vaccine began with a virtual meeting with representatives of the World Health Organization.
COVIRAN is the first vaccine in Western Asia to be in the process of global registration.
According to a new study, the effectiveness of the COVIRAN vaccine in fighting the coronavirus was higher than that of foreign competitors, namely Sinopharm, AstraZeneca and Sputnik.