ERBIL - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that Tehran had approved Russia's COVID-19 Sputnik V vaccine to import it and produce it.
Zarif made the remarks during his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday, where be noted that Tehran would use the vaccine as a tool to better fight the spread of the novel virus.
"The Sputnik V vaccine was yesterday also registered and approved by our health authorities," the Iranian top diplomat said.
"In the near future, we hope to be able to purchase it, as well as start joint production."
Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei earlier the month banned the government from importing vaccines from the US or the UK, suspecting the two countries of spreading the infections to other countries.