Iran bemoans ill-discipline as coronavirus cases crest again

Iranians shop the capital Tehran on June 2, 2020 during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Iran today lamented that people were ignoring social distancing rules as it reported more than 3,000 new coronavirus infections in a second cresting wave. (AFP)
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Updated 03 June 2020

Iran bemoans ill-discipline as coronavirus cases crest again

  • Infections have been on a rising trajectory in Iran since hitting a near two-month low on May 2

TEHRAN: Iran on Tuesday lamented that people were ignoring social distancing rules as it reported more than 3,000 new coronavirus infections in a second cresting wave.

“The fact that people have become completely careless regarding this disease” was of great concern, said Health Minister Saeed Namaki.

“They either have total confidence in us or think the coronavirus has gone. The latter is not true at all,” the ISNA news agency quoted him as saying.

His remarks came as Iranian Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 3,117 new cases were confirmed in Iran in the past 24 hours.

This had brought the overall caseload to 157,562, he added.

Infections have been on a rising trajectory in the Islamic republic since hitting a near two-month low on May 2. They were at their highest on March 30 after hitting 3,186.

Jahanpour said the virus had claimed another 64 lives in the past day, raising the overall death toll to 7,942.

The latest caseload was close to the highest daily count for the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak of COVID-19.

The government has largely lifted the restrictions it imposed to stem the outbreak that first emerged in mid-February.

Experts both at home and abroad have voiced scepticism about Iran’s official figures, saying the real toll could be much higher.


Abu Dhabi begins world’s first WHO-listed stage 3 clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccine

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Abu Dhabi begins world’s first WHO-listed stage 3 clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccine

  • The trail is a partnership between Sinopharm’s China National Biotec Group
  • The vaccine already passed phases one and two of the clinical trials without showing any serious negative reactions

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi began phase three of clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, the emirate’s government media office said.
The human trial is the world’s first WHO-listed phase three clinical trial for a coronavirus inactivated vaccine.
Taking place in Abu Dhabi, the trail is a partnership between Sinopharm’s China National Biotec Group (CNBG), Abu Dhabi based artificial intelligence and cloud computing company Group 42 and the Abu Dhabi Department of Health.
Abu Dhabi Department of Health Chairman, Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, was the first to participate in the trial, followed by Acting Undersecretary Jamal Al Kaabi.

The vaccine already passed phases one and two of the clinical trials without showing any serious negative reactions, with 100% of all volunteers generating antibodies.

The clinical trial process is usually divided into three phases, UAE state agency said The first phase mainly looks into the safety of the vaccine. Phase II evaluates immunogenicity and explores the immunization process in a limited number of individuals. Phase III considers the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine in a larger population sample. If a vaccine is confirmed safe and effective throughout the entire clinical trial process, the test is considered successful, and the vaccine enters into the large-scale manufacturing phase.