Leader of the Islamic Revolution Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei received on Friday the first dose of COV-Iran Barekat vaccine.
“I was being urged to use vaccine earlier. First of all, I was not eager to use non-Iranian vaccines. I said I would wait so that the vaccine will be produced inside the country and I use our own vaccine,” said the Leader.
“As long as there is the chance for prevention and treatment inside the county, why should we not use it?”
“This is a national pride that we should truly admire,” his eminence was quoted as saying by Mehr news agency.
He also called on the Iranian vaccine producers to publish the scientific results of the vaccines in international papers so that the world will be informed of the great achievements of the country.
If required, there is no problem for using foreign vaccines alongside Iran-made ones, said the Leader, adding, “But we should respect the Iranian vaccine and appreciate all young scientists who are active in developing this vaccine in the country.”
Head of Execution of Imam Khomeini Order (EIKO) Mohammad Mokhber and Health Minister Saeed Namaki were also present when the Leader received the vaccine.