Although officials in the United States claim that medicine and medical equipment are not subject to sanctions, in fact, the transportation of medicine and medical equipment is under US sanctions, which have created many problems for Iran’s health sector, Shanehsaz said, according to IRNA.
Iran is one of the worst-hit countries from the novel coronavirus pandemic in West Asia.
Washington has reimposed illegal sanctions on Iran following its unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement in 2018. Since then, the US has tightened the sanctions to force Tehran to negotiate a new agreement.
Officially, the sanctions exempt humanitarian goods, such as medicine and medical equipment. But in reality, the measures have restricted Iran’s access to medical and health services.
Last year, 66 Iranian scientific medical societies wrote to the UN chief in condemnation of the “inhumane and medieval” American sanctions targeting Iran’s health sector.
Scholars, scientists and academics of 66 Iranian scientific societies highlighted that the unilateral US bans have “deliberately targeted” patients, health care sectors, academic research centers, health care providers, medical equipment suppliers, active pharmaceutical ingredients providers, pharmaceutical equipment suppliers and heath regulators.
Last month, Iran’s Health Minister Saeed Namaki said unilateral sanctions imposed on the country by the administration of US President Donald Trump are inhumane and cause suffering and pain for people.
Addressing the 73rd World Health Assembly through videoconference, Saeed Namaki said, “Any measure or policy, which would prevent cooperation among governments in the health sector, is irresponsible and inhumane.”
“There is no doubt that unilateral sanctions constitute an obstacle and are an inhumane measure, which brings about suffering and pain,” the Iranian minister said, adding, “The United States must be held accountable for the severe sanctions that have put the lives of Iranian people in jeopardy.”