August 14, 2021
Iran’s Red Crescent Society has denied accusations that it shipped Covid-19 vaccines to Venezuela amid a serious pandemic crisis in the country that has brought the health system to the verge of collapse.
A video emerged on Friday showing crates of Chinese vaccines being shipped to Venezuela, Iran’s ally in Latin America, in Tehran’s Imam Khomeini international airport, which immediately led to public outcry on social media.
Mizan news agency of Islamic Republic’s Judiciary quoted the general secretary of Red Crescent on Saturday that the shipment was transit cargo from China to Venezuela and simply was handled by Iranian airlines. However, the Iranian Red Crescent logo was visible on the crates at the airport.
The public in Iran is sensitive to any news showing their government sending aid to allies and proxies in the region and around the world, while the country in a deep economic crisis. In addition, the Covid crisis has reached an alarming level in Iran, with the highest rate of infections and deaths since the coronavirus entered the country in early 2020.
Iran acted late to secure enough vaccines for its 85-million population, and it has fully vaccinated less than five percent. The public and well-known independent personalities are harshly criticizing the leadership of the Islamic Republic for mishandling the pandemic.