Ayatollah Khamanei has Called for a Ban on US, UK COVID-19 Vaccines.

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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has called for a ban on the US-made BioNTech-Pfizer and British Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines.

“Imports of US and British vaccines into the country are banned. I have told this to officials and I’m saying it publicly now,” said Khamenei.

Both BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are US-made vaccines while the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine is British in origin.

“I have no confidence in them. Sometimes they want to test vaccines on other nations … If the Americans were able to produce a vaccine, they would not have such a coronavirus fiasco in their own country,” explained Khamenei.

Khamenei said that there are already on-going efforts to produce a vaccine inside Iran in cooperation with Chinese company Fosun Pharma to manufacture and distribute vaccines.

Aside from domestic production, Khamenei said that they could obtain vaccines from their allies but did not name a country. 

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