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The new vaccine, called ‘Fakhra’, has been named after senior scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh who was assassinated in November 2020.

The new vaccine has been developed by the Sepand Organization of the Defense Ministry, a research center administered by the late scientist.

The son of the martyr was the first volunteer to get the vaccine in a ceremony attended by Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami and Health Minister Saeed Namaki.

In February, the Headquarters for Executing the Order of Imam Khomeini, the institution that has developed the first Iranian vaccine, said the first stage of human trials has produced promising results as the vaccine is one hundred percent effective against the mutated variant of coronavirus found in the UK.

Officials say Iran will receive around 16 million doses of vaccines through the World Health Organization’s COVAX program, import more than 25 million doses from abroad, and produce 25 million other doses inside the country.