Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Iran has achieved self-sufficiency in building vaccine-producing centrifuge machines, a regime official announced on Tuesday, Tehran’s semi-official state news agency Fars reported.

According to the report, Mostafa Qaneyee, head of the country’s Pasteur Drug and Vaccine Production Institute, told reporters in Tehran, “We produced two centrifuges last year, including ultra and tubular centrifuges, in cooperation with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).”

Referring to Iran’s new zonal centrifuge, Qaneyee said, “Fortunately, now we have the ability to produce this type of centrifuge in cooperation with the AEOI.”

Qanayee went to declare, “[A]t present we have become self-sufficient in preparing and building centrifuges to produce vaccines and their purification and don’t have any problem.”

According to the report, Iran revealed at a February 2015 ceremony at the Pasteur Drug and Vaccine Production Institute an “upgraded generation of centrifuge machines used for producing recombinant medicine.”

Speaking at that ceremony a year and a half ago, AEOI chief Ali Akbar Salehi announced plans to manufacture a newer generation of such centrifuges – with a rotating power of 100,000 rounds per minute – within eight months.

“We are making joint efforts with the health ministry to build an all-inclusive special hospital which includes different types of equipment for radiotherapy,” Salehi said at the time.

As The Algemeiner reported last month, ahead the one-year anniversary of the signing of the nuclear deal with world powers, the AEOI boasted the testing of a new generation of centrifuges for nuclear use. These centrifuges, unveiled in January, were purported to be 15 times more powerful than the ones already in its possession.

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Source:: The Algemeiner


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