Iran and Russia plan to launch the joint production of vaccine against coronavirus, namely the Sputnik V. The government of the Islamic Republic reported that on Tuesday, February 24, as quoted by Deutsche Welle.
"Iran is to become one of five centers of production of Sputnik outside Russia", the Iranian government said.
The country's production capacity allows Iranian manufacturers to produce up to 40 million doses of vaccine annually.
Tehran plans to launch production by March 21, which marks the end of the year under the Persian calendar.
In January, Tehran banned the entry of vaccines from the U.S. and Great Britain. That includes the vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca.
Earlier, the Israeli government agreed to purchase Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for Syria. The vaccine will be purchased as part of a deal that secured the release of an Israeli woman held captive in Damascus. It was reported by The New York Times.
Last week, a young Israeli woman was released from custody in Syria after being arrested for illegally crossing Syria. According to the official version, she became the beneficiary of a simple prisoner exchange. The Israeli government said that in return for her freedom, she had been exchanged for two Syrian shepherds captured by the Israelis.
The woman was released after Israel secretly agreed to finance a shipment of Sputnik V vaccine for Syria.
According to the Associated Press, Israel paid Russia $1.2 million to provide the Syrian government with coronavirus vaccines.