Iran leader Khamenei bans imports of US, British COVID-19 vaccines

 Iran leader Khamenei bans imports of US, British COVID-19 vaccines

File photo: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Photo credit: OFFICIAL KHAMENEI WEBSITE

“If the Americans were able to produce a vaccine, they would not have such a coronavirus fiasco in their own country.”



Reuters

Tehran, Jan 08: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday banned the government from importing new coronavirus vaccines from the United States and Britain.

“Imports of US and British vaccines into the country are banned. I have told this to officials, and I’m saying it publicly now,” Khamenei said in live televised speech.

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“I have no confidence in them. Sometimes they want to test vaccines on other nations … If the Americans were able to produce a vaccine, they would not have such a coronavirus fiasco in their own country.”

Iran, the country that has been worst hit by the novel coronavirus in the Middle East, launched human trials of its first domestic COVID-19 vaccine candidate late last month, saying it could help Iran defeat the pandemic despite US sanctions that affect its ability to import vaccines.

However, Khamenei praised Iran’s efforts to develop domestic vaccines but said Iran could obtain vaccines “from other reliable places.” He gave no details but China and Russia are both allies of Iran.

“I’m not optimistic about France either because of their history of infected blood,” Khamenei said, referring to the country’s contaminated blood scandal of the 1980s and 1990s.



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