Iran has returned 8,20,000 coronavirus vaccines donated that were donated by Poland because they were manufactured in the United States. Poland donated more than a million doses of the corona vaccine of the British-Swedish AstraZeneca vaccine to Iran.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s highest-ranking Leader, who has the final say on all matters of state, rejected any possibility of American or British vaccines entering the country, calling them forbidden in the year 2020.
Mohammad Hashemi, said, “After Coordination with the Polish ambassador to Iran, it was decided that the vaccines would be returned.”
According to Iranian Authorities, Iran is currently fighting with its sixth wave of coronavirus pandemic and the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is now at peak in the country.
Iran has witnessed over 135,000 total deaths due to COVID-19 and the country has the highest number death toll in the Middle East. Almost 90% of its population have had two shots of vaccination over the age of 18, although only 37% got a third shot.
The cases COVID-19 and its related deaths are on the rise across the country of Iran. 13% of hospitalized patients in the country are in critical condition. Shortage of healthcare staff has worsened the situation. 12% of staff in Khuzestan hospitals have contracted the novel coronavirus.
Deputy Head of Ahvaz Medical University in Treatment Affairs said every week cases and hospitalizations are on an increase from the past 4 weeks, warning about the deterioration of the situation in the coming week. Dr. Haybar reported 76.5% of ICU beds in the province are occupied. 337 cities of the country are on “red alert”. Despite all these reports, Governor of Khuzestan announced all schools will remain open.
Even after witnessing all this situation, the supreme leader Mohammad Hashemi has decided to return the doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Poland because of conflicts with United States in the past.