As the death toll rises to 200,000 and experts are concerned about Coronavirus winter peaks, Khamenei brazenly said that from the beginning, he had been against importing the vaccine. He is the primary person responsible for the death of thousands of our compatriots left to the mercy of the Coronavirus.
- Red Crescent spokesperson: Based on Khamenei’s speech today, the import of 150,000 doses of vaccines from the United States has been canceled.
- Minoo Mohraz, a member of the National Coronavirus Combat Taskforce (NCCT): “In February, there is a possibility of a severe COVID-19 outbreak. We are waiting for the next peaks with the beginning of the cold season.”
- Hamid Souri, member of the NCCT: 22% of the country’s deaths on Wednesday belong to Mazandaran Province.
- Governor of Mazandaran: The number of hospitalized patients has doubled compared to late November 2020.
- Golestan University of Medical Sciences: COVID-19 deaths have grown to two digits per day again. The risk of an outbreak has increased in the coming days
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Friday, January 8, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 478 cities had exceeded 198,900. The number of victims in Tehran is 48,681, Khorasan Razavi 13,475, Isfahan 12,440, Khuzestan 10,005, Lorestan 8,048, Mazandaran 7,692, West Azerbaijan 7,363, Golestan 4,950, Sistan and Baluchestan 4,821, Kerman 4,384, Yazd 3,532, Kurdistan 3,396, Ardabil 2,452, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad 1,454.
While by most conservative assessments, the COVID-19 death toll in Iran has almost reached 200,000, Khamenei today brutally and vehemently showed his true colors, saying that he had been opposed to importing COVID-19 vaccines from the beginning. As such, he left no doubt that he was the prime culprit responsible for the death of thousands of deprived and oppressed compatriots left at the mercy of Coronavirus. He said, “American and British vaccines are banned from being brought into the country. I told this to officials, and I will publicly announce it now. If their Pfizer can make the vaccine, why do they want to give it to us? Why don’t they use it themselves, not to have these many deaths… the same goes for Britain.” Under questioning the approved vaccines by WHO, he added, “I have no trust in them either. I do not know; sometimes, they want to test their vaccines on other nations to see if it works or not? Of course, I am not optimistic about France either… We can get the vaccine from other places if it is safe. There’s nothing wrong with that.”
Instead, Khamenei turned to the “domestic vaccines” which is supposed to be produced by the foundations under his control. According to regime experts, the vaccines would not be ready any sooner than July, if usable. He added, “The vaccine that was prepared for Coronavirus should not be rejected. This is the source of honor for the country… Well, if, in one case, it has been tested on humans and has been successful (no-one) should try to deny it. So far. It has been successful until now, and God willing will continue to be successful.”
Following Khamenei’s remarks, the spokesperson for the Red Crescent Society said, given Khamenei’s speech, “regarding the ban on importing vaccines from the United States and Britain, the purchase of 150,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the United States has been canceled. We are currently pursuing the purchase and import of one million doses of vaccine from three countries, China, India, and Russia,” he added, according to the Mehr news agency, January 8, 2021.
Khamenei’s callous remarks come at a time that according to Minoo Mohraz, a scientific member of the NCCT, talking to Khabar-Fori news site yesterday: “There is a possibility of a severe Coronavirus outbreak in the country with the beginning of the cold season in February, and we are expecting the next peaks.”
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
January 8, 2021