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Iran bans Covid-19 vaccines from UK and US

Source : 112 Ukraine

The US Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the British AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 cannot be imported into the country
14:15, 9 January 2021

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has prohibited imports of Covid-19 vaccines from the United States and the United Kingdom, NBC news reports.

The supreme leader said he has no confidence in vaccines coming out of the two Western powers since they have some of the highest mortality rates in the world.

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“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 US is now registering a daily death toll of 4,000 people.

“If they can create a vaccine, if their Pfizer factory can manufacture a vaccine, then why do they want to give it to us? They should consume it themselves so they wouldn’t have so many deaths.”

Khamenei said the same applies to the UK, and that he does not trust the US and the UK since they may wish to test out their vaccines on other nations.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization says wealthy nations have bought most of the current supply of available Covid-19 vaccine, leaving the world’s poorest nations unable to obtain them.

The WHO-organized international vaccine cooperative, COVAX, has now secured contracts for 2 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines, which it is prepared to roll out in low-and-middle-income countries as soon as they are delivered.

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