Student-Led Initiatives’ Potential in the COVID-19 Response in Iran

Document Type : Letter to Editor


1 Faculty of Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

3 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar (2018) and Member of the COVID-19 Impact Committee

4 HIV/STI Surveillance Research Centre, and WHO Collaborating Centre for HIV Surveillance, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran


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Dear Editor,

Iran was one of the first and hardest hit countries by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The first patient was first detected on February 19 and as of May 27, 2020, 14 1591 confirmed COVID-19 patients and 7564 deaths have been reported.1 COVID-19 strained Iran’s already resource-limited healthcare system and led to shortages in personal protective equipment and healthcare staff... (Read more...)

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