Chief of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said the country was able to manufacture high speed centrifuges needed for its medical centers.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 18th Annual ASPA International Conference in Iran’s southern city of Shiraz, Salehi said that the AEOI has provided Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute and Pasteur Institute of Iran (IPI) with high speed centrifuges.
“The centrifuges are needed for producing vaccines. The centrifuges with a speed of 16,000 to 80,000 rpm (revolutions per minute) have been produced in the country for the first time. That was an accomplishment by scientists at the country’s Atomic Energy Organization,” Salehi said.
Salehi also emphasized that previously, Iran was not allowed to have the high speed centrifuges because of their dual use nature.
He also said that now the country is able to produce different types of vaccines through utilizing the domestically-made centrifuges.
Despite three decades of sanctions, Iran has made great achievements in diverse areas, including science and technology, and has attained self-sufficiency in producing equipment and systems needed for the country’s health sector.
The 18th Annual ASPA International Conference (ASPA 2014) started on Thursday with representatives from 50 countries in attendance, and will last until Saturday.