Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has once again warned US President Donald Trump against interfering in the internal affairs of other countries in the age of the new coronavirus.
Zarif made the remarks in a Sunday posting on Twitter in an apparent reference to Trump's Saturday allegation that the US would be willing to send ventilators to Iran to help treat coronavirus patients.
“I have offered to help them (Iran) if they want. If they need ventilators, which they do, I would send them ventilators. We have thousands of excess ventilators. We have a stockpile of ventilators,” the US president said during the daily coronavirus status briefing.
“All you need to do is stop interfering in the affairs of other nations; mine especially. And believe me, we do not take advice from ANY American politician,” Zarif said.
Iran has been doing its utmost to contain the respiratory disease caused by new coronavirus, COVID-19, despite the hardships caused by Washington’s cruel sanctions.
Tehran’s battle against the virus has repeatedly drawn the praise of the World Health Organization (WHO), which has expressed certitude that the Islamic Republic has enough capabilities to stem the outbreak.
Tehran has repeatedly said it does not want Washington’s help in the fight, but wants it to lift its illegal economic sanctions so that Iran could mobilize its own resources to tackle the pandemic.
The Trump administration has not only defied international calls on Washington in recent weeks to halt its draconian sanctions on Tehran, but has even slapped more such restrictive measures on the Islamic Republic.
Washington re-imposed its sanctions on Iran in May 2018 after unilaterally leaving a historic nuclear accord with Iran and other countries that has been endorsed by the UN Security Council.
In a tweet on April 7, the Iranian Foreign Minister said the Islamic Republic, as a resource-rich nation, needs no charity from Trump in its battle against the pandemic, urging Washington instead to stop standing in the way of Tehran’s oil sales and banking transactions.
Zarif said, “What we want is for him (Trump) to STOP preventing Iran from selling oil & other products, buying its needs & making & receiving payments.”
The United States, for its part, has the most confirmed coronavirus cases globally at 739,502. More than 39,040 people have died in the US as of Sunday.
US healthcare workers say they desperately grappling with shortages of masks, gowns and other equipment they need to protect themselves while working at hospitals to take care of patients suffering from the highly contagious coronavirus infection.
Hospital officials, doctors, nurses and others in working in the health sector have been consistently complaining about a frightening shortage of equipment as the country is preparing for a rise in the number of critically ill patients.
One of the US top cancer hospitals, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, has informed its staff it has a shortage of masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) even as at least five employees and three patients have been diagnosed with coronavirus, COVID-19, American news website, BuzzFeed News said.
“Cancer patients, by nature of the fact that they’re receiving chemotherapy, are naturally at increased risk of infection” said Andrew Chapman, chief of cancer services of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
On March 31, the New Jersey ER doctor and two-time cancer survivor, Dr. Frank Gabrin, passed away at the age of 60 just days after noticing COVID-19 symptoms.
He died in his Harlem apartment after being woken up by severe chest pains.