Iranian President Hasan Rouhani said sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic have prevented the foreign parties from honoring their commitments to provide the coronavirus vaccine for Tehran.
In comments at a Wednesday meeting of committees of the Coronavirus Fight National Headquarters, Rouhani said the Iranian Health Ministry had obtained permission from the administration in the previous Iranian year to import COVID-19 vaccine from abroad.
Arrangements and contracts have been made with COVAX (COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access) and a number of vaccine producing countries, the Iranian president noted, adding, “But unfortunately, the obstacles resulting from the cruel sanctions have prevented them from honoring their commitments.”
Rouhani also denounced the fierce economic war that the previous US administration launched on Iran, which he said is still ongoing under Joe Biden’s administration.
“Despite the claims that the delivery of medicine and vaccine to Iran is not prevented, the obtained information show that there are very serious problems in the process of supply of foreign vaccine.”
President Rouhani said the inhumane US sanctions against Iran have targeted the lives and health of people.
He finally highlighted Iran’s efforts and success in developing homegrown vaccines for the coronavirus, expressing hope that the completion of a national vaccination program in the new Iranian year (March 2021-March 2022) would contain the pandemic completely.
Source: Iranian media