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Iran accuses US of blocking coronavirus vaccine purchases

Iranian officials said US sanctions have impeded their attempts to secure the purchase of coronavirus vaccines for their country, which remains the hardest-hit in the Middle East.
A medical professional prepares a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, before it is administered to a patient at Croydon University Hospital in south London on December 8, 2020. - Britain on December 8 hailed a turning point in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, as it begins the biggest vaccination programme in the country's history with a new Covid-19 jab. (Photo by Dan CHARITY / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DAN CHARITY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

As much of the world is slowly moving close to an end to COVID-19 with either producing or ordering doses of coronavirus vaccines, Iranians seem to have a longer way ahead before making it to the other side of the bridge.  

From the very onset of the pandemic back in late February, officials in Tehran have denounced US “medical terrorism,” a term they apply to a series of sanctions on medical supplies and pharmaceuticals. They argue that through such measures or pressure on other countries, Washington is hampering the fight against the pandemic in the Islamic Republic. The United States, on the other hand, says Iran’s medical sector has been exempted from sanctions.

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