“How much will it cost to buy the Covid -19 vaccine?” The state-run website Etemad Online wrote in an infographic on August 13, 2021: “The Iranian people now need 50 million doses of Covid -19 vaccine to be safe against the disease,” the state-run website quoted regime officials as saying.
Etemad Online then examines four samples of vaccines that can be stored in the freezer to show the cost ceiling with which the regime can vaccinate all people.
According to this review, 50 million doses were purchased:
The Moderna vaccine costs only $1.8 billion
The French Sanofi vaccine costs just $900 million
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine costs just $900 million
The Oxford, UK(AstraZeneca) vaccine costs just $300 million.
It should be noted that in 1998, only in one example of astronomical embezzlement in the Ministry of Health of the regime, one billion and 300 million dollars of currency was lost.
Iran’s Regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei wields direct control over hundreds of billions of dollars in assets, mostly held in so-called religious foundations, and that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps(IRGC) controls a similar horde of wealth via a series of front companies. Any number of these resources could have been leveraged to facilitate a much more effective Covid response, but instead, the regime has demonstrated contentment with sparse and poorly enforced lockdowns intended to mitigate public protest more than the spread of the coronavirus.
Khamenei specifically expressed his opposition to importing vaccines in January 2021. He left no doubt that he is the first individual responsible for the killing of thousands of deprived Iranians. “The entry of American and British Covid-19 vaccines into the country are banned. I have told this to our officials, and now I am saying it publicly,” he said. “If the Pfizer company can make the virus vaccine, why do they want to give it to us? They should use it themselves and not have such a high death rate… the same goes with the UK,” Khamenei added. “I also don’t trust [vaccines approved by the World Health Organization. I don’t know, sometimes they want to check their vaccines on other nations to see if they work or not… I don’t have a good feeling about France either.
It should be noted that Iran is currently in the worst conditions of the Coronavirus outbreak and its increasing casualties, which is the result of the criminal policy of the mullahs’ regime.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said: The countless number of people killed by the Coronavirus in Iran, leaving thousands of our compatriots grieving every day, are heart-wrenching for any freedom-loving and conscientious human being.
The massive death toll results from the plunder and criminal policies of a regime that only thinks of preserving its disgraceful rule and refuses to care for the Iranian people’s lives and health.
Preventing the import of vaccines, refusing to pay for the minimum expenses of workers and forcing them to go to work to earn a meager living, and failing to pay the medical staff, etc., are but part of the conduct of Khamenei and his regime that have intensified the Coronavirus crisis in Iran.
Only the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime and the establishment of democracy and popular sovereignty in Iran can put an end to this disaster.