Iranian medical scientists will soon start human trials for an anti-coronavirus vaccine after the stage of animal trials has passed, official news agency IRNA reported on Saturday.
“We are hoping these activities will bear the desired result with the intention to supply better preventive services and products for the people,” Jalil Koohpayehzadeh, dean of Iran University of Medical Sciences and a member of Tehran anti-coronavirus committee, told IRNA.
As neither a working vaccine nor a particular drug has yet been produced against the Covid-19 infection, Koohpayehzadeh urged the people to strictly follow health directions to prevent the spread of the lethal disease.
People will have to follow rules regarding the usage of masks and social distancing and keep away from gatherings and crowded places “as much as conceivable,” he said.
Iran’s confirmed Covid-19 cases hit 399,940 on Saturday, including 23,029 fatalities.
The country confirmed its first case of the virus on February 19.