Foreign companies will not be allowed to test Covid-19 vaccines on the Iranian people, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, one day after the country’s supreme leader banned the import of UK- and US-produced jabs and said they were “completely untrustworthy”.
“Foreign companies wanted to give us vaccines so they would be tested on the Iranian people. But the health ministry prevented it,” Rouhani said in televised remarks, without naming the companies or giving further details.
“Our people will not be a testing device for vaccine manufacturing companies,” he added. “We shall purchase safe foreign vaccines.”
Khameini tweeted Friday: “Importing vaccines made in the US or the UK is prohibited,” accompanied by the hashtag #CoronaVaccine.
Twitter removed the tweet and posted a message saying it had violated the platform’s rules against misinformation.
Khamenei’s edict bans imports of the BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca/Oxford anti-Covid-19 jabs.”
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