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Iran: 200,000 COVID-19 Deaths

As Iran's Covid-19 fatalities surpassed 200,000, Ali Khamenei deprives citizens of credible vaccines, leading society to more deaths.

Coronavirus deaths in Iran have now reached over 200,000, according to reports tallied by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), who advise that the regime’s “inhumane” policies are destroying people’s lives.

“Iran’s Covid-19 outbreak turned into a major humanitarian catastrophe due to the regime’s systematic cover-up and inaction. Now, as countries prepare to push the virus back using credible vaccines, the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei publicly banned American and British vaccines’ entry to Iran,” dissidents wrote.

Khamenei Deprives Iranians of Covid-19 Vaccines

In fact, Khamenei has actually said that he “ordered” authorities not to import the vaccine, even though he publicly blamed international sanctions, despite the U.S. Treasury’s Office on Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the vaccine distribution agent COVAX saying that sanctions did not stop the vaccine import.

Nasser Riahi, the head of the Iranian Drug Importers’ Union, admitted in December that there was no issue with buying the vaccine or any other medicine. Even President Hassan Rouhani admitted on Saturday that the regime could have imported vaccines sooner, as they were offered them by the manufacturers, but refused.

The MEK said that this proves that the regime wanted to use the coronavirus to oppress the Iranian people, something that Khamenei made clear in March 2020, when he described it as a ‘test,’ ‘opportunity,’ and ‘divine blessing.’ They say that the regime is making up all sorts of excuses but that the truth is that they are just trying to buy more time and allowing more to die.

The refusal to import vaccines was condemned around the world, with Amnesty International researcher Mansoureh Mills, saying that it was “in step with the authorities’ decades-long contempt for human rights, including the right to life and health.”

“Officials have said that it is not possible to import foreign vaccines, but we are witnessing that vaccines have been imported from reliable countries and are being used by officials, along with their children and associates,” the state-run Aftab-e Yazd newspaper wrote.

The regime claims to be developing a domestic vaccine, which 167 Iranian pharmacists labeled a ‘joke,’ but it is under the control of Khamenei’s financial institution and even the state-run media are saying that this will make him a huge profit.

The regime not only lied about the virus at the start and have continued to cover it up, but also used it to suppress popular protests, caring more about hanging onto power than the lives of Iranians. This has increased people’s hatred of the regime and should spark international condemnation.

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