While the death toll has declined in other countries due to vaccination, the death toll has risen to almost double in Iran because the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei has banned importing American and European vaccines.
Iran has long been recognized as the worst-affected country in the Middle East. The Iranian regime first denied the COVID-19 outbreak in Iran, and when it was not deniable, the regime did not allocate enough resources to confront the pandemic.
Although the regime’s Supreme Leader and the Revolutionary Guards collectively control hundreds of billions of dollars in financial assets, virtually none of these have been released to support the people in the face of the pandemic or to make it possible for the impoverished Iranian people to stay home and avoid work for long enough to flatten the curve.
Furthermore, as vaccines began to come available, the IRGC and Iranian regime authorities-linked companies have taken the control of vaccine distribution in their hands.
A member of Iranian regime parliament presidium revealed 200,000 vaccine doses have disappeared and are being sold in the black market.
Even some state media outlets have reported that individual doses have appeared on the IRGC-dominated black market with price tags up to 2,800 US dollars. The Guards are therefore making a profit on both wholesale distribution and individual sales.
In this situation, the regime refrains from paying low-income nurses’ salaries or facilitating their basic needs. Many reports indicate that Iran is witnessing the series of suicides and migration among nurses.