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With new Iranian president comes new promises of vaccines

The new administration has made a number of promises on vaccines. 
An Iranian health worker inoculates a young man against the coronavirus, at a vaccination centre set up inside the Iran Mall in the capital Tehran, on Aug. 14, 2021.

One of the legitimate criticisms made about the previous administration in Iran — not just by politically motivated conservative politicians in the country, but also by the general public — is that numerous promises were made about vaccines, both about their production and import, yet those promises gave mostly false hope to Iranians. Now, just one month into office, President Ebrahim Raisi appears to be following that tradition.

At a Cabinet meeting today, Raisi said “there is good news” regarding imports of vaccines and domestic production. Raisi did not offer specifics but said that due to the work of the Health Ministry and other organizations in Iran, vaccinations have increased two to three times, though he didn’t offer what time frame in which that increase has taken place.

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