The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine has hit a snag. While western nations are vaccinating people as fast as possible, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran has declared that Iran will not import the American Pfizer-BioNTech or Britain’s AstraZeneca vaccine.
Citing concerns about the vaccine not actually being ready and Iran being used as guinea pigs for the completion of the vaccine, Khamenei seems quite skeptical of the new vaccines. He said, “I really do not trust” them. He added, “I’m not optimistic about France either because of their history of infected blood.”
Despite Iran’s struggles with containing the coronavirus, hard-liners in the Islamic nation are very clear about not trusting Western vaccines.
Iran has suffered from the most cases as well as the highest number of associated deaths from coronavirus. At this point, Iran may want to take a gamble on the new vaccines considering their public health situation.
Khamenei didn’t just have a problem with the American-made Pfizer-BioNTech and the British AstraZeneca. He also seems to be skeptical of anything coming out of France.
Citing a contaminated blood scandal from the ’80s and ’90s, Khamenei seems suspicious of all things western, including the COVID vaccine.
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