Disinfo: AstraZeneca is not a vaccine as such. It is a political tool to exert pressure on states


AstraZeneca is not a vaccine as such. It is a political tool to exert political pressure on states. If you get AstraZeneca, which is much less effective than the Sputnik vaccine, then you accept the rules of the game that dictate their will and the conditions of the pharmaceutical industry.

Now, if you advertise AstraZeneca, it means that the will of the so-called Western transnational corporations is important to you, not the health of your people. By the way, in reality, although the efficiency of "Sputnik" is high, there is a political factor here as well. Russia tried to be the first to release a vaccine and did it. But the difference is that in the case of "Sputnik V" there is both a political aspect and it is effective. And in the case of AstraZeneca, there is a geopolitical aspect and weak efficiency. Therefore, even European countries refuse it.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to promote the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and discredit Western ones as well as recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation claims about an alleged politicised Western campaign against Sputnik V.

These disinformation articles appeared amid a wave of false affirmations made by the developers of the Sputnik V vaccine aiming to discredit competitors, part of a long-term pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign about global vaccination.

European countries are not refusing the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca. It is true that some EU countries temporarily suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to concerns over possible dangerous side effects. Later, the European Medicine Agency, as well as the World Health Organisation, concluded that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe (see here and here) and the benefits outweigh potential risks. By March 18 2021, EU countries resumed use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Denmark and Norway are the only EU countries which decided they would use other vaccines for the general vaccination program as the COVID-19 pressure is lower and other vaccines, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderne are used instead of AstraZeneca. Denmark offers AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to volunteers. Some EU countries have limited its use to certain age groups. For example, Germany, Italy and Spain limited the use of AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 60, France - under 55s. For younger age groups, other vaccines are being used, mostly, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, not Sputnik V.

For an overview of pro-Kremlin disinformation regarding Covid-19 vaccines see also here.


  • Reported in: Issue 245
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/05/2021
  • Article language(s) Armenian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Armenia, Europe
  • Keywords: coronavirus, vaccination, Conspiracy theory, Sputnik V
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For Western double standards, the opinion of 2.5 million people in Crimea is worthless, it seems. We are reaching a point where even such flagrant actions as the coup attempt in Belarus or the Western-backed coup that took place in Ukraine are silenced by their press and political class. It is remarkable that such indignant actions as the recently divulged attempt to organise a coup in Belarus and murder the president of this country are not condemned by the Western community.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the illegal annexation of Crimea, Euromaidan and Belarus.

No international body recognises the so-called referendum in Crimea. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution entitled “Territorial integrity of Ukraine”, stating that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. On 17 December 2018, the UN General Assembly confirmed its non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea.

Disinfo: Sweden is getting rid of AstraZeneca vaccine under the disguise of philantrophy

Sweden is getting rid of AstraZeneca vaccine under the disguise of philantropy.

The Swedish government plans to donate one million doses of the scandal-ridden vaccine AstraZeneca to the international initiative Covax. This declaration was proudly delivered by the Swedish cabinet minister for international cooperation, Per Olsson Fridh.

After several cases, reported in media about an unsual but common side-effect of trombosis after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, it has become all harder to convince patients to accept the vaccine. Occasionally there has been a need to hide the name of the name of the vaccine, to punish patients for refusing a shot and to destroy unused doses. Nothing has helped.


An unfounded claim, perpetuating pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about vaccines.

Sweden has announced its support the COVAX project, an international effort to provide vaccine to vulnerable countries. One million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be at WHOs disposal for the project.

Disinfo: The OSCE is a criminal organisation that in favour of war in Donbas

With the same ease with which it orders an attack that kills a child, Kyiv activates the 2011 Vienna Document of the Organisation for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures, for Moscow to “clarify the significant increase of the military presence of the Russian Federation along the border with Ukraine” inside the Russian territory.

OSCE tries not to publish honest data on the situation in Donbas, which would show how many citizens and civilian facilities were affected by the conflict, and that in most cases Kyiv attacks and militias respond.

OSCE, one of the most ridiculous and useless institutions that we could see in the last years, is in Donbas and it looks that it doesn’t see anything. But since that is not possible, because they are not stupid, what they are doing is hiding it. The OSCE in favour of war. It is a criminal organisation that must be dissolved.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about war in Ukraine and OSCE.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine publishes daily reports on the situation, and there is no basis for the claim that the organisation is trying to hide its data. The Russian Federation, in fact, is a member state of OSCE since its foundation. The claim about the death of a child in an attack by Kyiv forces is false, since it was the result of an accident with explosives or old ammunition. See here for our previous debunk of the incident.