Iran initiates human trial of COVID- 19 vaccine today

The first injection of the 1st phase of COVID- 19 vaccine human trial produced by Imam Khomeini’s Order Executive Office was done on Tuesday.

The ceremony was held in the presence of Vice-President for Science and Technology Affairs Sorena Sattari and Health Minister Saeed Namaki.

The vaccine named COV Iran Barkat was injected into the first volunteer without any side effects like shock or fever.

The first volunteer was Tayebeh Mokhber, daughter of the head of Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order.
Head of Clinical Studies Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences Dr. Hosseini said three volunteers will receive the vaccine today and 56 people will be injected in total.

He added that two injections will be done on the zero and 14th day and the results will be reported after 28 days.

Meanwhile earlier, the Head of the Iranian Society for Immunology and Allergy Mohammad Vojgani had stressed that the necessary knowledge for manufacturing the COVID-19 vaccine exists in the country and domestically-produced vaccines are expected to be available within the next six months.

Iran’s capability to produce the COVID-19 vaccine is based on reality, Vojgani said stressing that the country surely is capable of manufacturing the vaccine far from the ballyhoo and propaganda.