Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blamed his outgoing U.S. counterpart Donald Trump for the Islamic Republic’s failure to begin vaccination against the Covid-19 coronavirus infection so far.
“Had it not been for Trump’s terrorist government sanctions and the obstacles and restrictions in providing the sources needed to buy the vaccine, we could have started vaccination much earlier,” the Iranian head of government said in a statement, the posts of president and prime minister in the IRI are combined. Mehr news agency reported.
According to him, the authorities will start vaccinating the country’s population as soon as Tehran receives the required quantity of Covid-19 vaccines.
A senior Iranian health official, Alireza Raisi, said late last week that the country had purchased 16.8 million doses of the medicine as part of COVAX, a global mechanism to make the anticoronavirus vaccine available. According to Raisi, vaccines made in Russia and China totaling 2.6 million doses will be delivered to Iran in two months. “If we receive this amount of vaccines from Russia and China, we can start vaccination before the end of this year (according to the Iranian calendar, which ends on March 20. Raisi added.
Iran began testing its own Covid-19 vaccine on humans on December 29. At the same time, the country’s top political leadership has decided to ban the import of vaccines produced in the U.S. or Britain, as Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei stated earlier.
Recall that Iran with a population of more than 83 million people has become the epicenter of the spread of the coronavirus in the Middle East region. The first case of Covid-19 infection in the country was registered on February 19, 2020, in the holy city of Qom for Shiites. Iran currently remains the most affected by the global pandemic in the Middle East. According to the latest data, more than 1.34 million cases of infection have been confirmed in IRI since the beginning of the epidemic, and 56886 patients diagnosed with Covid-19 have died.