Zarif: Western states hoard COVID-19 vaccines three times more than what they need
Zarif: Western states hoard COVID-19 vaccines three times more than what they need
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that the Western states hoard COVID-19 vaccines three times more than what they need.

TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the western states must give up discrimination in providing the public with health services at a time when they are exposed to the deadly threat of the corona pandemic.

The foreign minister said that all the people are equal in the face of this common human pain.

“If one country becomes vulnerable to the threat of corona pandemic, the entirety of the international community will suffer from the same vulnerability,” Zarif said.

“We cannot buy a security for ourselves at the cost of making others insecure. We cannot build a future for ourselves by putting pressure on others. I wish COVID-19 would at least teach us this lesson to understand that in an interconnected world, we are all boarding the same boat.”

He stressed the need to act indiscriminately in distributing the vaccine among the poor and rich nations.

Referring to Iran’s difficulties caused by the US tough sanctions to provide medical supplies from abroad, Zarif said that the Iranian scientists successfully managed to produce COVID-19 vaccines as they already manufactured missiles domestically.

The United States should act quickly to revive Iran’s nuclear deal, because once Iran’s presidential election period kicks off it is unlikely much will happen until later this year, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Monday (Mar 15).

Speaking at the European Policy Centre think tank, Zarif repeated Tehran’s longstanding demand that Washington returns first to

He added that he had seen no change between the Biden administration and the Trump administration’s policy of maximum pressure to force Iran back to the negotiating table. He said he saw no reason to hold preliminary talks because the US was making “extraneous” demands. compliance by lifting sanctions.

“There is a time constraint and that is once we go to our election it is a lame-duck government and (it) will not be able to do anything serious and then we will have a waiting period of almost six months,” he said, referring to a presidential election due on Jun 18.

“It is advisable for the United States to move fast and moving fast requires them not to be shy, but takes measures that they need to take.”

  • source : IRNA