Washington has imposed sanctions on a coronavirus vaccine developer in Tehran. Iranian Health Minister Alireza Wahabzadeh’s advisor wrote about this on Twitter.
“The vaccine is out of politics. However, if a country declares that it will not buy a vaccine from the United States, but intends to produce it itself, then sanctions are imposed on the research enterprise, ”he explained.
On January 13, the United States imposed sanctions on two individuals and 16 organizations. In particular, the restrictions will apply against Iran Combine Manufacturing Co., Quds Razavi Mines Co., Razavi Oil And Gas Development Co., Tadbir Drilling Development Company and other companies from various fields.
In December 2020, the United States agreed to unblock Iran’s assets for the purchase of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the governor of the Central Bank of Iran, Abdulnasser Hemmati, the Americans themselves imposed sanctions on all banks in the country.
However, later, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei said that the import of drugs into the country was prohibited. Now Iran is independently developing vaccines against coronavirus. The first is expected in the spring, and two or three more drugs are planned to be produced by summer.
This controversy is caused by a brewing dispute among the Iranian authorities. Some of them consider it permissible to purchase foreign vaccines, but the other part – mainly among members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – are afraid to use other people’s drugs.