Aug 25, 2021, 10:36 AM
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Efforts by Iranians in US, Canada to provide COVID-19 vaccine

New York, IRNA – Private companies and charities belonging to Iranians in US and Canada, along with many individuals, are trying to purchase non-US-made coronavirus vaccines to send to Iran, as the country has been struggling with a new wave of the virus spread.

Some private companies have said that they own 40 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the Netherlands and are willing to sell it to Iran at the market price, Deputy of Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Washington Abolfazal Mehrabadi said in an interview with IRNA.

He added that Iran’s Red Crescent Society has been in consultation on the matter. Some high profile Iranians living in the US and Canada have also attempted to correspond with vaccine producing companies to purchase and send COVID-19 vaccines to Iran.

He also said that a US-based institution has been working with UNICEF to purchase 500,000 doses of vaccine by financial aids collected through charities.

Also, some Iranians in Canada are working to redirect coronavirus vaccine surplus in the country, which amounts to 170 million doses, to Iran.

Iran has seen a surge in the number of new cases and deaths in recent months and has been setting all-time high records almost every day this week in the number of deaths.

US sanctions have been a big hurdle against Iran’s ability to import coronavirus vaccine, as great amounts of Iranian funds had been blocked in many countries due to US sanctions.

US Treasury has recently issued a waver on importing coronavirus vaccines and related medicine, which would allow Iran to use its foreign financial sources to purchase its medical needs.

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