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Iran says the U.S. has approved a transfer of funds to buy the COVID vaccine

December 24, 2020

Dubai (Reuters)-Iran has received US approval to remit funds for the coronavirus vaccine from abroad, the central bank chief said Thursday, whose daily death toll fell to a three-month low.

Central bank governor Abdul Nasser Hematy said Iranian banks have been approved by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to send money to Swiss banks to pay for vaccines.

“They (Americans) have imposed sanctions on all banks. They accepted this one case under the pressure of world public opinion,” Hematy told state television.

Hematy will pay about $ 244 million for the initial import of 16.8 million vaccines from COVAX, a group of institutions dedicated to ensuring fair access to vaccines in low- and middle-income countries. Said.

Iranian officials have repeatedly stated that US sanctions have prevented payments to COVAX, which is registered by about 190 economies.

Iran’s Shifa Pharma has begun volunteer registration this week for the country’s first domestic COVID-19 vaccine candidate human trial, Iran’s media reported.

Shifa Pharmed is a subsidiary of a large conglomerate managed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who was the subject of the 2013 award-winning Reuters survey. (Https://www.reuters.com/investigates/iran/#article/part1)

Sima Sadat Lari, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health, has killed 152 people in Iran from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the lowest number since September 18, with a total of 54,308 deaths in the most affected countries in the Middle East. I told state television that I did.

The decline in deaths occurs after more than a month of curfew and other restrictions in major cities. Police said drivers who broke the curfew were fined 96,000 nationwide on Wednesday.

Authorities warn that the risk of recurrence of the infection is significant.

US President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers in 2018 and imposed new sanctions on the country.

With President Joe Biden in power, Washington is more likely to rejoin the deal.

(Report by Dubai Newsroom, edited by Nick McPhee, edited by Mark Heinrich and Nick McPhee)



Iran says the U.S. has approved a transfer of funds to buy the COVID vaccine

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