Iran braces for new COVID wave despite accelerated jab rollout

Iran is bracing for a sixth major wave of COVID-19 infections even as its nationwide vaccination efforts have accelerated in recent weeks.

The virus has so far killed close to 125,000 people while more than 5.8 million cases have been reported in Iran since February 2020, according to health ministry figures.

Iranian authorities had previously faced criticism over the slow pace of imports of vaccines, but tens of millions of doses have been imported in the past two months, the vast majority of which are China’s Sinopharm shot, along with AstraZeneca shots.



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