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Iran coronavirus update: Over 199,700 deaths, regime’s “Iranian vaccine” could take 15 months

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 199,700 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 199,700 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, January 10, 2021—Over 199,700 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 Sunday afternoon local time, January 10. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 56,171 less than a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 48,851 in Tehran, 13,550 in Razavi Khorasan, 12,505 in Isfahan, 10,030 in Khuzestan, 8093 in Lorestan, 7762 in Mazandaran, 4985 in Golestan, 4723 in Hamedan, 4149 in Kermanshah, 3557 in Yazd, 3068 in North Khorasan, 2093 in Hormozgan, 2055 in Ilam, and 2009 in Bushehr. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 199,700 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 199,700 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran.

 

“When air pollution increases, the number of people seeking medical treatment in hospitals increase up to 15 percent. A rise in air pollution leads to the Covid-19 illness to intensify and even renders a higher number of cases and deaths,” said the head of the air pollution branch in the Health Ministry on Sunday, according to the state-controlled Labor & Worker daily.

“We must take into consideration that conditions are unstable, different and fragile,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday. “Tehran will once again be registered as an orange zone if only 150 new patients are added to the current number of daily hospitalized Covid-19 cases,” he added, according to the state controlled Khabar Fouri website.

“Currently we have 1362 coronavirus patients hospitalized in medical centers under the umbrella of the Babol and Mazandaran Medical Sciences University, of which 183 were added in the past 24 hours alone. 284 patients are reported to be in ICUs,” according to a Sunday report wired by the semi-official ILNA news agency.

The regime’s Majlis (parliament) demonstrated its loyalty to the criminal policy of banning vaccine imports from the U.S., UK and France announced on Friday by the regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. On Saturday regime President Hassan Rouhani also backed such a policy. Over 200 Majlis members issued a statement written in part: “The Majlis calls on the government to ban any import of vaccines produced by American, British and French companies in order to protect the lives of our compatriots.” The Majlis statement “considers [Khamenei’s remarks] regarding this ban as the end of discussion in this regard,” the statement reads, according to a Sunday post on the Majlis website.

While Khamenei and Rouhani ruthlessly claim that they will not receive vaccines approved by the World Health Organization—being used across the globe—to be tested on the Iranian people, Reuters reported on Friday of an agreement signed between Iran and Cuba to carry out the last stage of the vaccine clinical tests in Iran. It is worth noting that the policy of mass human testing is not carried out in Cuba and “the Caribbean country will need to conduct more late stage trials abroad too given it does not have a high infection rate due to its successful management of its outbreak… Iran, meanwhile, has been the worst-hit country in the Middle East,” according to Reuters. “Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur was cited by Iranian media as saying 50,000 volunteers would be recruited to carry out the Phase III clinical trials,” the report adds.

 

 

Regime Health Minister Saied Namaki made remarks on Sunday in Mazandaran province to claim as if the vaccine was a joint Iran-Cuba production. “At the end of the spring we will be having a relative mass production phase of the Iranian vaccine. We are working with the Cubans to produce this vaccine and the third phase of human trials related to this vaccine will take place inside Iran,” he said, according to state TV.

“The critical situation in the northern parts of our country may spread to all other areas and with this volume of vaccine production it will take 15 months, which is a very long period,” said a deputy speaker of the regime’s Majlis on Saturday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Regime officials are continuing their hideous remarks and actions while Namaki acknowledged on Sunday that mutated strain of coronavirus has entered Iran. The regime’s Medical Apparatus Organization announced that during the past ten months over 200 physicians have lost their lives to Covid-19 and over 3000 physicians have been forced to migrate abroad,” according to a Friday report wired by the Khabar Online website.

 

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