The shipment of coronavirus vaccines donated by Japan, containing 1,098,300 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, arrived at Imam Khomeini International Airport on Friday morning.
This was the second COVID vaccine shipment that Japan has donated to Iran’s Health Ministry.
Iran’s Food and Drug Administration spokesman Kianoosh Jahanpoor had earlier announced that intensive coordination had been established with Japan, in view of the start of the Tokyo Olympics, to receive the vaccines.
According to the spokesperson, shipments of vaccines imported from abroad could meet the country’s needs before the sufficient supply of local vaccines becomes available.
The Japanese government made an announcement earlier in July to supply approximately 11 million doses of the Japanese-made AstraZeneca vaccine to several countries through the COVAX facility.
Japanese officials said 2.9 million doses, the highest number ever, would be delivered to the Iranian people.
The donation comes in light of Japan-Iran friendship and based on the current status of COVID-19 in Iran, they said.
In April, Iran received the first batch of AZ COVID-19 vaccines with the support of the UNICEF supply channel under the COVAX facility, which was produced by the SK-Bio Institute of South Korea, containing 700,800 doses.