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Iran coronavirus update: Over 194,400 deaths, experts describe domestic vaccine as a “joke”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 194,400 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 194,400 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, December 30, 2020—Over 194,400 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 478 cities checkered across all of Iran’s 31 provinces, according to reports tallied by the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as of Wednesday afternoon local time, December 30. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 55,095 around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 47,761 in Tehran, 11,865 in Isfahan, 7595 in Qom, 7377 in Mazandaran, 5950 in Farz, 5105 in Alborz, 4797 in Golestna, 4741 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 4635 in Hamedan, 4227 in Kerman, 3336 in Kurdistan, 2939 in Semnan, 2045 in Hormozgan, 2030 in Zanjan, 2005 in Ilam, 1944 in Bushehr, and 1525 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 194,400 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 194,400 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran


“Currently we have 108 cities and towns in orange status and 340 are in yellow. There are no cities in red status,” said the spokesperson for the regime’s Health Ministry on Wednesday. However, the spokesperson for the Mazandaran Medical Sciences University said on Wednesday. “The Health Ministry has announced the cities of Sari, Amol, North Savadkuh and Ramsar as red zones. Another 18 cities are in orange status and we have no cities or towns in yellow status,” the official explained, according to according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

Contradictory remarks and lies regarding the Covid-19 vaccine continue in Iran. Regime President Hassan Rouhani, despite his claims in the past few days, was forced to acknowledge the reality. “The path before us is not clear and nobody knows how many months it will take for the vaccine that we have started to produce to be available, and when will start the nationwide vaccination,” he said on Wednesday. “The fact that one person says the domestic vaccine is worthless is not correct. We will listen to the Health Ministry. If the experts say foreign vaccines can be trusted, we will import them. If they say the domestic vaccine can be trusted, we will produce it,” he added.

“We do have the infrastructure necessary to produce vaccines. However, we still have a long way to go,” said the secretariat of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Wednesday. “We are doing scientific work and it is a trial and error process. We hope the results we witnessed with animals will also be seen on humans. On the topic of mass production of the vaccine one cannot forecast a definite date, but we are hoping to reach half-industrial production in six or seven months,” this official added, according to the state-controlled Eghtesad Online website.



Director of the Mazandaran Medical Sciences University described the Covid-19 spread in this province as concerning on Wednesday. “Although the analysis provided by the Health Ministry may have registered only a few cities as red zones, the general situation across Mazandaran is concerning and fragile considering the increasing number of new patients,” this official added, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“From the beginning of this pandemic in Fars a total of 3011 people have lost their lives, of which 1444 were in the city of Shiraz alone,” said the deputy dean of Shiraz Medical Sciences University in Fars province on Wednesday. “Currently we have 636 coronavirus patients hospitalized across the provincial hospitals, of which 122 are in ICUs,” this official continued, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

The human testing of the Iranian coronavirus vaccine is being carried out at a time when a few days ago 167 pharmacists described the domestic Covid-19 vaccines as a joke, according to the state-controlled Hamdeli newspaper on Wednesday. “With what confidence do we claim to produce an indigenous vaccine,” they wrote, criticizing “horrible planning” in providing vaccines in Iran. They also expressed utter shock of the slogan of “producing a national vaccine.”

“Why should we allow the production of such a sophisticated product to be described as so simple. When we can’t purchase a number of freezers to transfer and maintain the vaccine, we have the equipment needed to produce vaccines? And for 80 million people?” the article reads.

These experts demanded urgent action to purchase and import the vaccine it before it’s too late. They described some issues raised in Iranian media regarding the domestic vaccine as “insults to the scientific knowledge of pharmacists and merely excuses to refrain from providing vaccines.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map