Iranian Pharmaceutical Firm Producing Anti-Coronavirus Drug
By Staff, Agencies
A giant pharmaceutical company in Northern Iran has started mass-production of Remdesivir - a drug believed to be of help in fighting the coronavirus, an official said on Sunday.
"Sobhan Darou company is one of the most successful pharmaceutical companies in the drug market and it has succeeded in the production of Remdesivir medicine, while the entire world is strongly entangled in fighting against coronavirus," Head of the Iranian Industry Ministry's provincial office in Gilan Farhad Dalqpoush said.
He also further pointed out that 17% of the country's pharmaceutical needs is produced in Gilan province.
Iranian experts and scientists have taken long strides in production of different anti-coronavirus medicine and vaccine.
Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki announced last Wednesday that 5 groups of specialized researchers in Iran are trying to find the coronavirus vaccine, adding that the clinical studies on the vaccine will start soon.
“At present, at least 5 groups of highly skilled Iranian groups are working on production of [coronavirus] vaccine in Iran and clinical studies on the vaccine’s effect on humans is due to start very soon,” Namaki said in a video conference with his Nicaraguan counterpart Martha Reyes Alvarez on Wednesday.
He added that Iran has also produced Favipiravir and Remdesivir, two drugs believed to be of help in fighting the coronavirus, saying that the Iran-made Remdesivir will be provided to the patients next week.
Namaki said that Iran produces 97% of drugs needed in the country, stressing readiness to share experiences with Nicaragua in the field of health and hygiene.