MEK Iran: Mullah Regime’s Vaccine Ban
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), the Coronavirus health crisis continues to claim the lives of hundreds of Iranians every day and the death toll has now surpassed 202,100 marks. With countries rolling out their vaccine programs already, the people of Iran have been hoping that their country will follow suit.
Foreign Vaccine Ban
However, the Iranian regime has dashed all hopes in this regard. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei announced last week that vaccines manufactured in Great Britain or America would not be imported into the country.
American philanthropists and the Iranian Red Crescent had already made arrangements to bring 150,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine into the country, but the import ban has put an end to it.
The people of Iran are disgusted by the import ban and the Ministry of Health has tried to quell this anger by mentioning the domestic alternative. Pharmacists in Iran, on the other hand, are ridiculing the import ban considering that existing vaccines have already proven to be highly effective.
Lack of transparency
The people of Iran have been left in an impossible situation since the beginning of the pandemic. The regime has refused to support the people that have found themselves in increasingly difficult situations. Already struggling families have been left with even fewer means to survive through lockdowns, so many have had to go out to work anyway, all the time trying to avoid becoming ill.
Making it even more difficult on the people is the regime’s lack of transparency. It has downplayed the crisis on countless occasions, leaving people wondering what is really happening.
Thankfully the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) has been monitoring the situation from the beginning because it has shown that the regime cannot be trusted. When the first cases were discovered in Iran, authorities hid the news so that its anniversary celebrations and the sham elections could go ahead.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) January 14, 2021
Worsening the situation
Numerous officials have said several times that the Iranian regime has done extremely well in containing the virus, especially in comparison to some Western countries. However, the only thing the regime has succeeded in is worsening the situation. It’s handling of the crisis so far has been nothing short of a disaster.
At the same time as its downplaying of the situation, regime officials have emphasized the gravity of the situation in order to gain help from the international community, in particular Western powers. It has sought sanctions relief. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tried to convince foreign leaders that Iran is relying on access to foreign markets, emphasizing that sanctions relief would help the country recover in the long-term.
But this import ban on foreign vaccines is just proof that the regime never intended to use any cash infusions on fighting the COVID-19 outbreak. Foreign assistance for the pandemic was never what the regime wanted. It wanted foreign capital and it was shamefully using the health crisis to get it.
In any case, if cash to fight the health crisis is what the regime wanted, it could have easily freed up some of the hundreds of billions of dollars that the IRGC controls.
The delay in purchasing and importing the #COVID19 vaccine is the continuation of the mullahs regime's criminal policy, which will continue to claim more victims among the deprived and oppressed people. #Iran pic.twitter.com/40ZIIhO8dP
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) January 13, 2021
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