Amir Afkhami discusses his profile, research and novelizations.
Amir Afkhami, author of A Modern Contagion: Imperialism and Public Health in Iran’s Age of Cholera, told The Globe Post that the pandemic’s arrival in Iran was predictable due to the country’s close commercial relationship with China.
Amir A. Afkhami, a professor at George Washington University, is an Iran expert. He says the request for the $5 billion loan shows that Iran is realizing the situation is “out of control.”
An excellent analogy by Amir Afkhami draws from Iran's 1904 cholera epidemic.
With the exception of China and Italy, no country moans as much under Covid-19 as Iran. The Ayatollahs preferred full voting booths over health.
With over 7,500 deaths worldwide, COVID-19 has wreaked large-scale chaos in the world. Desperate measures are being taken by nations across the world to contain the virus that has over 180,000 people infected.
Iranian leaders once predicted the coronavirus epidemic ravaging China would not affect their country. Now Iran has among the most coronavirus deaths outside China, and Iranian medical workers have been told to keep quiet.
As the novel coronavirus sweeps Iran, the government’s response has been opaque and remarkably deficient, favoring political and religious priorities over pragmatic prevention policies.