First batch of Russian Covid vaccine arrives in Iran
"The first shipment of vaccines from Moscow... has landed at Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran," state news agency IRNA reported without specifying the quantity of doses.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had last month banned vaccines made by the United States and Britain, calling them "completely untrustworthy".
The Islamic republic is fighting the Middle East's deadliest outbreak of the coronavirus, with over 58,000 lives lost out of more than 1.4 million cases.
Announcing the new figures on Thursday, health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari warned that the situation in the country was "sensitive and fragile".
Iran says arch enemy the United States has blocked its access to vaccines through a tough sanctions regime.
While food and medicine are technically exempt, international banks tend to refuse transactions involving Iran.
Russia registered the jab -- named after the Soviet-era satellite -- in August last year, before the start of large-scale clinical trials, leaving some experts wary.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn said Wednesday talks were ongoing with Russia to explore production capacities for the Sputnik jab in Germany or elsewhere in Europe.
"AstraZeneca is produced in Russia, India and South Korea, and Iran uses these anti-coronavirus products," health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told AFP.
They were purchased via Covax, the mechanism for the equitable distribution of vaccines established by the UN World Health Organization.