Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, an Iranian political activist said that "one man, named Sayyed Ali Khamenei" banned the import of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, and thus is responsible for the thousands of Iranians who have died and are dying of the virus. He made his remarks in a video posted on his Instagram account on August 31, 2021. He continued to say that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is talking about regaining the public trust, while in fact, he is the absolute ruler of Iran and the one responsible for the vaccine import ban. He said that Khamenei must apologize and added: "Today, one mullah rules us all by killing and destroying us." For more about Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, see MEMRI TV clip no 7894.
Heshmatollah Tabarzadi: "Nine or ten months ago, the coronavirus vaccine was produced in the world. All nations and governments should have received it with blessing and joy. They all waited and said: Could it be that there is a vaccine for the coronavirus as well? Naturally, when the vaccine was created, the Europeans and the Americans, who are more advanced and have more resources, got access to it before other nations.
"However, to the astonishment of the world, one man, named Sayyed Ali Khamenei, declared that he would forbid the import of the Pfizer vaccine from the U.S. and Europe to Iran. He reiterated this with pride several times. Then they said that they wanted to produce their own vaccine. They said that Pfizer intended to destroy the Iranians, that the Pfizer vaccine is dangerous, and that if it is good for the Westerners, then they themselves should use it. The result of this folly, resentment, misuse of funds [for self-production], and greed, is that thousands of Iranians either have died or are dying.
"The more interesting matter is that Khamenei tells Raisi: Go and regain the people’s trust. He said that the previous governments have lost this trust. Mr. Khamenei, you are the leader! You have absolute power. You issued the order banning the entrance of the coronavirus vaccine. For better or worse, you are responsible for whatever happens in this country. You should be held accountable. Why do you shift this responsibility on to others? He speaks as if he is the leader of the opposition, as if he had no involvement in the governments of the past, and now he must blame it all on someone else.
"You caused all of this! This injustice, poverty, mortality, and discrimination is all the outcome of your doings. Whom are you trying to blame?
"Apologize and admit that it was you who prevented importing the coronavirus vaccine to Iran. Today, the Iranian’s coronavirus mortality rate is the worst in the world. Who should be held accountable? Look at the state of your prisons, your roads, your economy, your society, your health system... What are you bragging about?
"I say to the people: The main problem lies within us. Some of us are fools, some are indifferent, and some only care about themselves. Today, one mullah rules us all by killing and destroying us. And then he looks us straight in the eye and says that justice must prevail."