The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), Iran’s largest dissident organization, revealed on Sunday that its independent tally of Chinese coronavirus cases in the country shows that over 300,000 people have died there since the pandemic began.
Public health experts consider Iran’s response to the coronavirus crisis among the world’s worst. Iran allowed mass Islamic gatherings at the height of the first wave of the pandemic worldwide and has repeatedly promoted non-existent or unproven coronavirus “cures,” such as a vaccine allegedly developed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a jihadist terrorist organization. Iranian clerics have also promoted unproven herbal remedies and camel urine to fight coronavirus infections. In contrast, Iranian clerics have warned that reputable Chinese coronavirus vaccines cause homosexuality, a claim for which no evidence exists.
In July 2020, Health Minister Saeed Namaki referred to Iran’s pandemic response as “embarrassing.”
The PMOI, the wing of the National Council of