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Official Highlights Fakhrizadeh’s Help in COVID-19 Battle, Vaccine Development

A medical official paid tribute to late Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh for his contribution to the development of a coronavirus vaccine inside the country and manufacturing the first homegrown test kit for the diagnosis of COVID-19.

In a message released on Sunday, the head of the Coronavirus Battle Headquarters of Tehran paid tribute to Fakhrizadeh as a prominent scientist and distinguished scholar in research, technology and the health sector.

Alireza Zali said the head of the Defense Ministry’s Research and Innovation Organization, who was assassinated on Friday, devoted his life to the promotion of science and technology in the country, and was a pioneer of not only the defense industry, but also the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

Fakhrizadeh’s program to make an Iranian vaccine for COVID-19 is yielding results, as the tireless efforts of the late scientist and his colleagues have advanced the project to the stage of human tests, Zali added. 

He also noted that the Defense Ministry’s Research and Innovation Organization rushed to help the medical society immediately after the outbreak of the coronavirus and manufactured the first Iranian diagnostic test kit for COVID-19.

Iran’s success in producing a homegrown test kit that meets the international standards was a thorn in the side of the enemies, he added.

Zali made it clear to the enemies that the assassination of Fakhrizadeh would not slow down Iran’s scientific progress and will instead strengthen his students’ resolve to make headway more vigorously.

Fakhrizadeh, a senior nuclear and defense scientist, was assassinated by unknown gunmen in a small city east of Tehran on Friday evening.

After sustaining injuries from a car explosion and bullets, Fakhrizadeh was taken to the hospital with a helicopter, but succumbed to injuries a few hours later.

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