A first batch of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine arrived Thursday in Iran, the regional country hardest hit by the pandemic, which has charged US sanctions have hindered its fight against Covid-19.
“The first shipment of vaccines from Moscow… has landed at Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran,” state news agency IRNA reported without specifying the quantity of doses.
The second and third deliveries of the vaccine were due to be sent to Tehran on February 18 and 28, IRNA quoted Kazem Jalali, Iran’s ambassador to Moscow, as saying.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had last month banned vaccines made by the United States and Britain, calling them “completely untrustworthy”.
The Islamic republic is fighting the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak of the coronavirus, with over 58,000 lives lost out of more than 1.4 million cases