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News number: 9107118480

17:35 | 2012-11-11

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Official: Iran Self-Sufficient in Vaccine Production

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran has become almost needless of importing different kinds of vaccines from foreign countries, a health official said Sunday.



"Most of the vaccines needed by the country's vaccination program are produced domestically by Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute and Pasteur Institute of Iran, and we are almost self-sufficient in this regard," Head of the Health Ministry's Center for Communicable Disease Control Mohsen Zahraei told FNA on Sunday.

Last month, a senior Iranian official announced that Iran would produce 16 new types of vaccine in the near future.

Iran's Deputy Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mohammad Mehdinejad Nouri said that 95 percent of the country's vaccine needs are met domestically.

In recent years, Iran has taken wide strides in science and technology, particularly in medical and medicinal fields.

In 2011, Head of Iran's Pasteur Institute Mostafa Qaneyee had announced that the institute plans to produce human vaccines for rabies and hemophilia diseases.

"The center (Pasteur Institute), in cooperation with its affiliated knowledge-based companies, has started a project to produce rabies and hemophilia human vaccines," Qaneyee told FNA at the time.

He expressed the hope that his institute would start mass-production of the vaccines within the next 2-3 years, adding that the products will be sold not only in domestic, but also in foreign markets.

Also, Iranian Health Minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi had boasted the country's astonishing progress in producing medical tools, equipment and drugs, saying that Iran ranks first in synthesizing different drugs and medications in the region.

"Iran certainly ranks first in the region in producing medical equipment and medicine and those who stand behind us cannot be compared with Iran at all," Vahid Dastjerdi said addressing the inaugural ceremony of an international exhibition on medical, dentistry and laboratory equipments in Tehran in 2011.

The minister further mentioned that Iran exports medical tools and equipment worth $12bln each year and produces 96% of its medical needs, adding that the country also produces 70% of its needed pharmaceutical raw materials domestically.