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    Iran announces first case of Omicron variant: report


    More than 50 million Iranians got their second shot, and 3.5 million got their third shot. (File photo / AFP)

    Iran has vaccinated about 60% of its 85 million people with two doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

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    • Latest version:December 19, 2021, 4:28 pm IS
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    Iran has detected the first case of infection by a new omicon variant of the coronavirus, state TV reported on Sunday.

    The announcement comes less than a month after scientists alerted the World Health Organization to the relevant version of the look, as the variant spread around the world.

    Iran has vaccinated about 60% of its 85 million people with two doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

    The coronavirus has killed more than 131,000 people in Iran, the worst in the Middle East. On August 24 alone, 709 people died of the disease. Experts say the number of deaths due to vaccination has dropped in recent months.

    Iran has stepped up vaccinations in recent weeks. More than 50 million Iranians got their second shot, and 3.5 million got their third shot.

    When President Ibrahim Raisi formed his administration in late August, only 7 million Iranians received the vaccine.

    Iran typically uses Chinese-made synoform vaccines, although vaccines made by the Russian Sputnik-V and the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca are also being used.

    Iranian officials have urged those who have received two doses of the vaccine to take a third dose as soon as possible.

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