President Rouhani: Iranians No Subject for Experimental Test of Foreign COVID-19 Vaccines
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the Iranian nation won’t be the experimental subject for foreign vaccines, adding that the government tries to supply enough vaccines to the people.
Rouhani assured that the Iranian people wouldn’t be used as an instrument to approve the effectiveness of foreign vaccines, stressing his administration’s endeavor to supply vaccines to the people.
He hailed the reduction in trend of coronavirus infection in the country, saying that the death and hospitalization rates have decreased by 70% and 80% respectively.
Rouhani also stressed that Iran refuses to import foreign vaccines that have not passed their clinical trial and approval processes yet.
His remarks came after the warnings of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution on Friday, when he said, “The entrance of the American and British vaccine is banned. Had the Americans been able to produce a[n effective] vaccine, this scandal would not have occurred in their own country.”
Ayatollah Khamenei added, “I really don’t trust in them. Sometimes, they want to test the vaccine on other nations. I am not optimistic on France, either, because they have the precedence of contaminated bloods.”
Also on Friday, Iran’s Red Crescent Society said that import of 150,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine from the US has been cancelled following the recent speech of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution.
Spokesman of IRCS Mohammad Hossein Qousian Moqaddam said on Friday that following Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei’s speech on the prohibition of importing American and British vaccines, the import of 150,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine from the US has been called off.
Qousian pointed to the possibility of procuring vaccines from other countries, adding that the purchase of one million doses of vaccine from other sources, including Russia, China and India, will be studied.