The number of volunteers in the third phase of human trial of the Iran-Cuba joint vaccine is 24,000 and more than 14,500 volunteers have received the second dose of their vaccine so far, Ehsan Mostafavi said.
Mostafavi added that the Iran-Cuba vaccine will be branded "Pasteurcovac" after production at Pasteur Institute of Iran (PII).
The vaccine is jointly produced by the PII and the Cuban Finlay Institute of Vaccines.
In relevant remarks in late May, head of Iran's Pasteur Institute Alireza Biglari said that the Iran-Cuba jointly produced COVID vaccine is in its clinical study's final phase.
“The initial injection of the joint vaccine of the Pasteur Institute of Iran and the Finlay Institute of Cuba, which is in the final phase, has begun for 24,000 Iranians,” Biglari said on May 30, adding that the first dose of vaccine had been injected for 24,000 Iranians in seven provinces and eight cities.
He went on to say that the vaccine has successfully completed phases one and two of clinical studies in Cuba, and the third phase is being conducted simultaneously in Iran and Cuba.