Sumary of Armenia becomes travel hot spot for Iranians seeking an early inoculation:
- The Armenian Tourism Committee said more than 8,500 Iranian citizens had visited in June, up from 5,000 a month earlier.
- “We didn’t have any special plans to develop vaccine tourism, it happened accidentally,” said Alfred Kocharyan, deputy head of the Armenian Tourism Committee, adding that people were also coming from India to get free shots.
- “Armenian TV reported long queues of Iranians at mobile vaccination units in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, last week with some Iranian tourists saying they had spent several nights in the street waiting for their turn to get vaccinated.
- The buildup of overnight queues prompted the authorities to tighten vaccine rules.
- Armenia had administered at least 260,813 doses of COVID vaccines by July 10, according to the Armenian authorities.