Medical NGO MSF surprised by Iran decision to cancel coronavirus mission

PARIS (Reuters) - French medical charity MSF said on Tuesday it did not understand a decision by Iranian authorities to cancel a mission it had prearranged to set up a facility to fight coronavirus in Isfahan.

Reuters March 25, 2020 02:10:55 IST
Medical NGO MSF surprised by Iran decision to cancel coronavirus mission

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PARIS (Reuters) - French medical charity MSF said on Tuesday it did not understand a decision by Iranian authorities to cancel a mission it had prearranged to set up a facility to fight coronavirus in Isfahan.

"We are surprised to learn that the deployment of our treatment unity is cancelled", Michel-Olivier Lacharite, who is in charge of Medecins Sans Frontieres crisis response team, said in a statement.

He said the group had been given prior approval and were ready to set up the 50-bed unit at the end of the week. He said they were still ready to deploy on Iran or elsewhere on the region.

(Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Benoît Van Overstraeten)

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