April 21, 2021

Coronavirus live news: Denmark extends lockdown for a fortnight; just 40{81fee095584567f29e41df59d482e70712cfc555e382220efc71af2368c27a36} in France plan to get vaccine

Latest updates: UK records 53,135 new cases and 414 deaths; concern over slow start to...

Latest updates: UK records 53,135 new cases and 414 deaths; concern over slow start to France’s immunisation campaign

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The first study of the safety and effectiveness of a coronavirus vaccine in Iran began on Tuesday, state TV reported, with dozens due to receive the domestically developed shot even as details about its production remained slim.

The vaccine, the first in the country to reach human trials, is produced by Shifa Pharmed, part of a state-owned pharmaceutical conglomerate known as Barekat.

I am happy that the scientific process went ahead in a proper way,” said Tayebeh Mokhber, daughter of the Setad Foundation chairman, who was the first to get jabbed. “I hope the conclusion will be health for our people.”

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