Iran’s COVID-19 vaccine imports cross 148 million doses

A total of 148.78 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines were imported to Iran in 84 shipments from Feb. 3 to Nov. 17, according to the technical deputy of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration.

21 November 2021
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A total of 148.78 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines were imported to Iran in 84 shipments from Feb. 3 to Nov. 17, according to the technical deputy of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration.

File photo shows the third COVAX shipment of some 1.45 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine arrives in Tehran International Imam Khomeini Airport, September 2, 2021.

A total of 148.78 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines were imported to Iran in 84 shipments from Feb. 3 to Nov. 17, according to the technical deputy of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration.

The imported shipments contained 131.5 million doses of Sinopharm, 12.07 million doses of AstraZeneca, 4.09 million doses of Sputnik V and 1.13 million doses of Bharat (COVAXIN), Mehr News Agency reported.

China, Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, South Korea, Greece, Russia and India exported vaccines to Iran.

“Due to the abundance of vaccines in the country, the imports will probably stop until further notice,” Mehrdad Jamal Arvanaghi was also quoted as saying by IRIB News recently.

The Red Crescent Society of Iran is a major importer of the jabs.

Covid-19 vaccine imports set a record in the last fiscal month, as more than 60 million doses entered Iran in the current fiscal year’s seventh month (Sept. 23-Oct. 22).

The total value of all Covid-19 vaccines imported to Iran from Feb. 3 to Sept. 12 stood at $421 million, Arvanaghi had said earlier.

“Each Sinopharm vaccine made in China costs $9.2, AstraZeneca made in China $4, AstraZeneca made in Japan $4, COVAX made in Italy $4, Sputnik V made in Russia $10, AstraZeneca made in Russia $6.5, COVAX made in South Korea $4 and AstraZeneca made in Austria $4 and Bharat (COVAXIN) made in India $14.5,” he added.

Besides China, Iran imports Covid jabs from Russia, Japan, Italy, Russia, India, Austria, Germany, South Korea and Greece.

Some of the imported vaccines have been donated to Iran.

A shipment from South Korea was the latest to have been donated.

One million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines from South Korea have arrived in Tehran, the English-language South Korean television network Arirang TV reported on Oct. 28.

South Korea is providing Covid-19 vaccines to Iran, as the country looks to use them as diplomatic leverage with formidable progress in the nationwide vaccination scheme, the Korea Herald reported earlier.

The report described the donation as a means to celebrate the 60-year relationship between Korea and Iran. 

Earlier, the Polish Foreign Ministry announced that Poland had donated one million Covid-19 vaccines to Iran, which had arrived at Tehran’s airport on Oct. 16.

The ministry also said the donation was an expression of solidarity with Iranians, with whom Poland has had a good, centuries-old relationship, while adding that Poland had an adequate supply of vaccines to sufficiently cover its domestic needs.

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