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EghtesadOnline: Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif praised cordial relations with Cuba, which recently saw bilateral cooperation in the fields of biotechnology and genetic engineering, especially the production of vaccines.

Zarif met with Vicente Vérez Bencomo, director-general of the Finlay Institute of Vaccines, a Cuban epidemiological research institute, in Tehran on Monday, IRNA reported. 

The Cuban scientist provided explanations about the cooperation between the vaccine institutes of the two countries on the production of a Covid-19 vaccine and its unique features.

He thanked Zarif and the Iranian Foreign Ministry for working to swiftly advance bilateral cooperation toward developing the joint vaccine. 

During the meeting, the Cuban ambassador in Tehran described as very important Zarif’s last year visit to Havana at the start of cooperation between the Pasteur Institute of Iran and the IFV for the joint production of the Covid-19 vaccine.

On Sunday, Vérez Bencomo held talks with Iran’s Health Minister Saeed Namaki and his deputies.

Speaking on the sidelines of the meeting, IPI head Alireza Biglari said the third phase in the human trial of the joint vaccine is coming to an end in both Iran and Cuba, and that it has proved to be highly effective against variants of the coronavirus.


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