Iran leader bans COVID vaccines from United Kingdom and US


"If the Americans had managed to manufacture a vaccine, this coronavirus fiasco wouldn't have happened in their own country", he said, adding that the United States is now registering a daily death toll of 4 000 people. "They're completely untrustworthy. It's not unlikely they would want to contaminate other nations", said Khamenei, the country's highest authority. Khamenei said that "sometimes they want to test", their vaccines on foreign countries.

It has accused arch-enemy the USA of hampering its access to vaccines through a tough sanctions regime.

Iran has been the worst hit by the pandemic among regional countries. Both vaccines are already in use in Britain and other countries.

"The Red Crescent Society will act based on the supreme leader's remarks as they distinguish right from wrong concerning all issues including importing corona vaccines", Mohammad Hassan Ghosian told the Tasnim news website.

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Iran leader bans COVID vaccines from United Kingdom and US

The official noted that a number of Iranian experts residing in the United States were set to supply and dispatch a batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Iran, which is no more the question, Press TV reported.

Where will Iran get its vaccines?

The project aims to secure the equal distribution of coronavirus vaccines around the globe. Iran's Red Crescent Society has also stated that, separately from the government, it is planning to import a Chinese vaccine.

Rouhani said last month that Washington had demanded that Tehran pay for the drugs through USA banks, adding that he had feared the United States would seize the money.

In March previous year, Mr. Khamenei rejected an offer by Mr. Trump to help with the pandemic, saying he did not trust the intentions of the U.S., Iran's "most vicious" enemy. Soleimani led Iran's terrorism efforts in the Middle East and has been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers.

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The Khamenei tweet prompted Iranian activists such as VOA Persian TV show host Masih Alinejad to urge Twitter to suspend his account for spreading misinformation about the vaccines. Iran fired missiles at USA assets, but the country also shot down a Ukrainian plane, killing its 176 passengers (82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, 7 Afghans, and 3 British citizens), sparking protests in the streets of Tehran. He suggested the USA was being paid back for inciting tensions in Iran in 2009, after its election.

"If the sanctions are not lifted by the mentioned date, the Islamic Republic of Iran will definitely stop the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol; this is the law of Iranian Parliament and the government is obliged to implement it", he added.

Tyler O'Neil is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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