Breaking: Senior health official: Iran concerned UN, WHO biased in favor of inadequately-tested US technology
A senior Iranian health official says the Islamic Republic is concerned that world bodies such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization are biased in favor of inadequately-tested US technology and this is why they are trying to pressure countries into using US vaccines whose effects and side effects have not been established in a scientific way yet.
In a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday, Seyyed Alireza Marandi, the President of Academy of Medical Sciences Islamic Republic of Iran, criticized the silence of the world bodies, especially the UN and WHO, in the face of the US “oppressive medical sanctions” against Iran.
“I repeatedly emphasized that the oppressive sanctions of the United States and its Western allies have denied Iranians access to vital medicines and undercut their basic human rights. These debilitating sanctions have been imposed on us for decades…,” Marandi said.
“Covid-19 has hit all the countries of the world, some, like Iran, worse than others. But there has been no respite for the Iranian people who continue to endure brutal sanctions that deprive them of pharmaceutical materials and medical equipment. And there has been almost complete silence from western funded ‘human rights’ organizations and international bodies who should be demanding Iranian access to medical relief during this global pandemic” he added.
Iran’s senior health official then said, “While the meaning of your silence and that of other human rights organizations in the face of these oppressive medical sanctions has never been clear to our medical community, what did the Executive Director of the WHO’s Health Emergency Program mean when he responded to our Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s rejection of inadequately tested vaccines, by saying ‘Do not politicize this virus’ during a recent press conference?”
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Friday that he was opposed to the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines made by American and British companies.
“I have already said it to government officials, and now announce it publicly. The import of American and British vaccines is prohibited,” the Leader said.
“Had the Americans managed to produce a vaccine, they would not have faced such a mess today in their own country. In one day, some 4,000 people died from COVID-19 in the US,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated, adding, “I really don’t trust them. Sometimes they want to test the vaccine on other nations.”
The Leader stressed, however, that the Iranian government is allowed to supply the COVID vaccine from other reliable sources.
Following Leader’s remarks, a senior WHO official said countries should not politicize the vaccine rollouts.
In a media briefing, Dr. Bruce Aylward, senior advisor to the WHO’s director general, said: “It’s really time to put any kind of politics aside and make sure that vaccines get to the people that need them.”
Further in his letter, Marandi stated that such injudicious remarks on the part of WHO officials raise major concerns that “the WHO is biased in favor of inadequately-tested American technology, which could risk many lives around the world, in order to woo the US back into the organization.”
“For us, the failure of the UN and WHO to respond to inhumane US sanctions is what is “politicized,” he added.