Syria ,Iran to Ink MoU to Produce Vaccine for Foot-and-Mouth Disease

TEHRAN (ST)- Syria and Iran and are due to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the production of vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease in Syria.

"Fortunately, we managed to go through the final stages of preparing a draft MoU for launching a site to produce foot-and-mouth disease's vaccine by Iran in Syria and the MoU will be signed by relevant Iranian and Syrian officials tomorrow," Syrian Deputy Agriculture Minister Hussain Salih al-Suleiman said during a visit to Iran's Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute in Tehran on Saturday.

According to the MoU, Iran's Razi institute will launch a vaccine production site in Syria to produce 10 million doses of foot-and-mouth vaccine annually, he added.

In recent years, Iran has taken wide strides in science and technology, particularly in medical and medicinal fields.

In 2011, Head of Iran's Pasteur Institute Mostafa Qaneyee had announced that the institute plans to produce human vaccines for rabies and hemophilia diseases.

"The center (Pasteur Institute), in cooperation with its affiliated knowledge-based companies, has started a project to produce rabies and hemophilia human vaccines," Qaneyee told FNA at the time.