Taghrib News Agency (TNA) 9 Jun 2021 - 19:11 http://www.taghribnews.com/en/news/507202/iran-begins-second-phase-of-domestically-developed-covid-vaccine-fakhravac -------------------------------------------------- Title : Iran begins second phase of domestically developed COVID vaccine Fakhravac -------------------------------------------------- Iran has begun the second phase in clinical trial of its domestically-developed coronavirus vaccine Fakhra by its experts at the Defense Ministry's research center headed by assassinated nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Text : The process began on Wednesdaywith the administration of the vaccinedubbed Fakhrato the spouse of Dariush Rezaeinejad, a young Iranian scientist who was assassinated in July 2011. The official in charge of Fakhra s clinical trial said 135 volunteers got jabs in the first phase, adding that the vaccine proved to be safe and secure. The second phase kicks off with the injection of the vaccine to the wife of Martyr Rezaeinejad, and at this stage, 500 people will get jabs, he noted. The second phase will be summed up in the next two months. Speaking at Wednesday s event, Deputy Health Minister Iraq Harirchi hailed the Fakhra vaccine as an extraordinary and stunning product of the Iranian Armed Forces which has brought honor to the country. In the entire world, there are a limited number of states that are able to make vaccines. Fortunately, Iran has now joined these countries by producing several vaccines," he said. In addition to Fakhra, Iran has developed three other vaccines against the COVID-19 disease named COVIran Barekat, Razi COV-Pars and the joint Iran-Cuba vaccine. It has also imported foreign vaccines despite the illegal US sanctions that have seriously hampered the country s fight against the coronavirus pandemic. So far, 2,980,116 peoplehave been infected with COVID-19 in Iran and 81,362 people have died.