Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi stressed the need for preemptive measures to avert a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
In comments at a meeting of the Coronavirus Fight National Headquarters on Saturday, Raisi emphasized the need to strengthen the infrastructures to deal with a possible sixth wave of the coronavirus in the country and prevent “passive confrontation” with the pandemic.
A possible new wave of the pandemic should not surprise the country like what happened during the fifth wave, the president added, calling on the Health Ministry to monitor the situation constantly and take the necessary measures to prevent a recurrence of coronavirus-related problems.
Highlighting the role of public vaccination in tackling the pandemic, he said those who have refused to receive the vaccine so far must be encouraged to get the jab.
Urging strong support for the production of homegrown vaccines, the president said his administration imported huge amounts of vaccine from abroad to contain the disease immediately.
The public vaccination program against the coronavirus has gained momentum in Iran in recent weeks with a hike in the imports of vaccine, opening of new round-the-clock vaccination centers, and inoculation of people above the age of 12.
On Friday, the daily death toll from the coronavirus in Iran declined to 165 and the daily number of patients admitted to hospitals across the country stood at 1,500.
Source: Iranian media