Disinfo: British propaganda tries to dilute the failure of the AstraZeneca vaccine against Sputnik V


The strong setback of the British vaccine AstraZeneca of the University of Oxford, due to a severe “adverse reaction”, summarises the chronicle of an expected failure, which forced the company to stop its Phase 3 clinical testing and will have a strong impact in the testing of the other AstraZeneca vaccines. All the propagandistic machinery of the United Kingdom and its allies in the US try to dilute the failure of the AstraZeneca vaccine, saying that these setbacks are “frequent and a routine part of its development”. It is estimated that the crusade of the Anglo-Saxon vaccines produced benefits at Wall Street stock markets of at least 100 billion dollars, which probably will start to crumble. The real thing is that the Russian vaccine Sputnik V replaced AstraZeneca from its false first place, despite the taxonomic tricks of the World Health Organisation that had magically considered the British as the number one in the “vaccine war”.


This is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, which was met with scepticism and criticism, even by Russian specialists in the country.

Contrary to the claim, pauses in clinical testing of vaccines are normal and the reaction of AstraZeneca is proof that a strong security procedure is being followed in the search for a vaccine against Covid-19. In early September 2020, AstraZeneca and other western developers of Covid-19 vaccines issued a joint public pledge to maintain safety standards and adhere to high scientific and ethical standards in the conduct of clinical studies and in the manufacturing processes. AstraZeneca trials resumed in the UK only three days after the initial pause.

See other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on the Russian coronavirus vaccine in our database, such as claims that the UK launched a smear campaign against it; that the WHO confirmed that the Sputnik V was on Phase 3 of clinical testing; that the WHO and Microsoft sabotaged the Russian vaccine; that Europe is turning to Russia due to its desperate need for a vaccine; or that the West criticises the Sputnik V because it can’t accept Russia’s primacy and because its pharmaceutical companies will lose billions of dollars.


  • Reported in: Issue 211
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, vaccination


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