It has been more than one-and-a-half years since the arrival of the coronavirus in Iran with a devastating tsunami of death. Now we are witnessing the daily death of about 500 people, and Iran is far behind those countries to be able to control the coronavirus successfully.
The behavior of government officials dealing with this virus is behind the vitrine of comparison with other countries.
While over the past few decades, Iran’s people have observed the government’s economic and non-economic policies adopted by the country’s decision-makers, yet this issue has never been subjected to judgment and comparison with the policies adopted by other countries by the people.
During the coronavirus era, the people are precisely observing the country’s health situation, the death rate, the infected rate, and the various policies adopted to deal with the economic, social, and life damages and comparing them with the decision adopted in other countries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern about the spread of the disease in Iran and its impact on people’s lives, welfare, and livelihoods. Deaths and infections have increased over the past two months, and official and unofficial reports on social media indicate that shortages of beds and medicines had become a crisis in different cities.
Current and former officials are trying to deny the government’s failed response to the crisis. They, sometimes without providing evidence, blame sanctions and delays in vaccine imports as well as each other for escalating the crisis.
Many opportunities to import vaccines were missed, and contradictory statements and promises about the supply of domestic vaccines also deprived the public of their trust. Experts say these behaviors and policies have had serious implications for Iranians’ right to health and increased the people’s stress on coronavirus vaccines.
The unprecedented number of deaths and infections over the past two months and a crumbling health system led people to point the finger at the authorities’ delay in advancing the vaccination program. The magnitude of the crisis was enough to prompt some doctors to recklessly criticize the regime’s health ministry’s performance while being aware of risking their lives.
Unlike most officials who make the sanctions responsible for this situation, people see corruption and economic mismanagement as a factor in the low and unfortunate rate of vaccination.
At least 70 percent of Iran’s population needs to be vaccinated to get out of the coronavirus crisis. At least 60 million people should receive vaccines. Considering two doses per person, a total of 120 million doses of vaccine are needed. If at least one million people are vaccinated a day, it will take about 100 days only on the condition that the is vaccine is supplied.
One of the main concerns of the people is that when there is a problem in Iran, it becomes persistent and chronic. Now the coronavirus has come and remained. However, this problem is different from other problems because of the risks people lives.
Now we see that the regime’s President is talking about vaccine supply as if vaccine diplomacy has finally changed after a long and deliberate delay and more than 400,000 deaths.
The question is, was this preventable? The answer is definitely yes. In dark humor, the government was hoping to become a ‘hero of vaccine production’, and now it is going to become a ‘vaccine import hero’.