The propaganda machine of the Iranian government is advertising constantly its homemade vaccine and claims that these vaccines are even more effective than their competitors in other countries.
And in this show, the supreme leader Ali Khamenei took the first role and used one of these vaccines in an appearance on state TV.
But the amazing part of this story is that the government-controlled institutions who claimed to have produced the vaccine did not dare and accept to give their product for approval to international institutions and get verification.
Observers believe that Khamenei’s focus on producing the so-called domestic coronavirus vaccine is first to cover up the election scandal and second to plunder the pockets of the people while presenting the vaccine at higher prices than foreign vaccines.
Their exaggeration reached such a level that the even regime’s IRGC ridiculous claimed that “it is time for us to give the United States the coronavirus vaccine, and if Americans are short of vaccines, we’re ready to help.” (State-run daily Arman, June 28, 2021)
On this exaggeration, Minoo Mohraz, head of the Iranian Centre for HIV/AIDS, said: “The United States itself has enough vaccines and has even given 500 million doses of the vaccine to Covax to help other countries.” (State-run website Emtedad, June 29, 2021)
The fact is that the hype and propaganda about making vaccines are so ridiculous that even the state-run media has challenged it.
The state-run newspaper Arman questioned the production of vaccines and wrote in this regard:
“Technology in the form of social, cultural, economic and even political network data has exposed the real size and coordinates of countries to the public, and in the current situation, societies correctly recognize their size in the international system and are not influenced by propaganda.
“Because they believe in what they perceive with their skin and bones like a real meter and scale! Today’s Iranian society is no exception to this global rule. Accordingly, decision-makers and have a duty to speak and act in accordance with the realities of society.
“Fortunately, these days, advertising works in the field of discovering and producing all kinds of Iranian vaccines; But when the nation sees that the previous promises of some officials for public vaccination have not been fulfilled, they are worried about the promises of these days of the officials as well as the propagandas for the production of various Iranian vaccines!” (State-run daily Arman, June 29, 2021)
The state-run Jahan-e-Sanat newspaper also mocked these claims that several vaccines had been made and wrote:
“Iran has unveiled seven vaccines so far: Cuvbarkat, Pasteur, Razi, Fakhra, Sinagen, Iranian Sputnik, and now Nora. But vaccination process almost zero!”
“As the officials of the Ministry of Health claimed, Iran will soon become one of the poles of the coronavirus vaccine in the world. Three days ago, it was announced that approximately 5.5 percent of the country’s population had been vaccinated, while the vaccination process in neighboring countries, where no one had claimed or attempted to produce the vaccine, had reached the vaccination of the children.” (Jahan-e-Sanat, June 30, 2021)
Earlier, health ministry officials announced that a homemade vaccine would be launched in mid-spring and people would be vaccinated, but public vaccination in the spring failed.
And the small number of people who are being vaccinated is irregular and chaotic, Resalat newspaper wrote in this regard:
“Officials in Iran still do not have a specific plan for vaccination, and there is severe congestion and disorder at many vaccination sites. (State-run daily Resalat, June 30, 2021)
And state-run daily Mardom Salari on July 1, 2021, wrote:
“Iran is the only country that has not had a specific program to produce or import vaccines, contrary to promises, from the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic until today.
“During this period, it has been repeatedly mentioned about the manufacture, self-sufficiency, and export of coronavirus vaccine, while the rate of vaccinated in Iran is less than 5% and the elderly also get infected with the coronavirus in the vaccine injection queues.
“To date, the scientific report of the results of even one of the vaccines made in the country has not been published and has not received international approval.”
Comparing Iran with other countries, this outlet admitted that the haste for the announcement of the production of home-made vaccine is because of millions of dollars worth of profit and wrote:
“What is the reason for all this enthusiasm for making vaccines in the country, which has led companies belonging to various organizations and institutions to make vaccines in any way possible, while in none of the developed countries in the world that have produced vaccines has seen such a multiplicity in their production?
“Why do Germany, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, France, Turkey, and other countries that are ahead of us in terms of pharmaceutical and medical products do not claim to be trying to build and successfully produce seven vaccines for the Covid 19 virus? Nowadays, do we claim?
“One of the issues that are being raised as a reason for Iranian companies to be eager to make vaccines is government financial support.”
About the government’s negligence, this daily added: “As Iranian seniors line up to receive the coronavirus vaccine and are infected in such queues with the coronavirus, Europeans are flocking to stadiums today to watch the EU2020 matches.” (State-run daily Mardom Salari, July 1, 2021)