Iranian health official announces approval of Sputnik vaccines
- 30 January 2021
Iranian health official on Saturday announced approval of Sputnik vaccines made by Russia, saying that it is the beginning of Tehran-Moscow joint cooperation in the area of biotechnology, APA reports quoting IRNA.
Kianoush Jahanpour, spokesman for Food and Drug Administration of Iran, made the remarks through a Twitter post.
Sputnik V is the first COVID-19 vaccine which has got permission for use in Iran, Jahanpour wrote.
Earlier, Iran's Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali had announced that Iran will take delivery of Sputnik V vaccines on February 4.
The signing ceremony for an agreement to that effect has been held during the recent travel of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to Russia.
As Jahanpour noted that the Food and Drug Administration of Iran at a meeting has issued permit to emergency use of Sputnic V vaccine.
The country is also reviewing import of COVID-19 vaccine from other countries including India and China, Jahanpour added.
Since its outbreak in December 2019, the coronavirus pandemic has killed over 2,200,000 worldwide, while the number of the dead in Iran has passed 57,000.