Iran Supreme Leader bans import of western COVID-19 vaccine

Society Materials 8 January 2021 15:41 (UTC +04:00)

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 8


Iran`s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has banned the import of US and British COVID-19 vaccines into Iran, Trend reports via Khamenei's official website.

Khamenei gave a televised speech. during which he pointed out that COVID-19 wouldn't have affected the US as much as it did, if the Americans would've been able to produce the vaccine in time.

He went on to say that there is no trust for the US, as far as the vaccine is concerned.

“Sometimes they want to test the vaccine on other nations,” he said. “I am not optimistic about France either because.”

Iran continues to monitor the coronavirus situation in the country. The country continues to apply strict measures to contain the further spread. Reportedly, the disease was brought to Iran by a businessman from Iran's Qom city, who went on a business trip to China, despite official warnings. The man died later from the disease.

The Islamic Republic only announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19.

The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan - which is an international transport hub - began at a fish market in late December 2019.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019.