Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made evaluations about the COVID-19 epidemic, which has escalated again in Iran, in his speech broadcast live on state television.
Emphasizing that controlling the epidemic is the most important issue of the country, Khamenei called on the authorities to “immediately implement measures to reduce the loss of cases and lives.”
Emphasis on “increasing imports”
Khamenei wanted to increase production and imports in order to accelerate the supply of vaccines in the country where the vaccination process is progressing slowly.
Khamenei, who banned the entry of US and British vaccines in a previous speech, said: “Vaccines, whether imported or domestically produced, must be procured and made available to the public with great effort and in every possible way.” used the phrases.
336 cities in the “red” category
In a speech he made on January 8, Khamenei banned the entry of US and British vaccines into the country on the grounds that they were “unsafe”. Following the decision, the shipment of 150 thousand doses of Pfizer-Biontech vaccine, which Iranians living in the USA wanted to buy and send to the country, was canceled.
With 588 deaths and 40,808 new cases on August 9 in Iran, the highest daily case and loss of life recorded since the outbreak began on February 19, 2020, was reached.
The Ministry of Health announced that 336 cities in the country are in the “red” category, which is called high risk.
It has been announced that a total of 17 million 294 thousand 797 doses of vaccine have been administered so far in Iran, which has a population of approximately 83 million, where the vaccination process is slow.