Recurrent pro-Kremlin echoed disinformation about the EU, vaccination and the current EMA rolling review of Sputnik V, trying to link the Sputnik V authorisation process to Russophobia.
From 4 March 2021, Sputnik V vaccine is under the rolling review of the European Medicines Agency, and the decision will be fully decided on a scientific not a political basis.
Criticism and mistrust of the Sputnik V vaccine were not due to any alleged Russophobia but to the publication of incomplete or questionable data about it, surrounded by a disinformation campaign about this and other vaccines.
This campaign was launched after the original announcement about the Sputnik V was met with scepticism and criticism even by Russian specialists in the country. Experts' reports concluded that Russia has perceived the development of a coronavirus vaccine in terms of geopolitical and economic gain.
On February 2, 2021, interim results from a phase 3 trial of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine were finally published in The Lancet. The trial results show a consistent strong protective effect across all participant age groups, meaning that the Sputnik V vaccine candidate appears safe and effective. This is what led to a general change in the approach towards Sputnik V.
Furthermore, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg was straight forward saying that her country “is open to buying the Sputnik-V vaccine” once approved by the EMA.
See other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives in our database, such as claims that Sputnik V is a target of the corporate cold war; or that the West wants to discredit the Sputnik V; or that mass fatality will show up in Italy to discredit Sputnik V; or that the EMA will try to postpone the authorisation of Sputnik-V; or that Finns are choosing Sputnik V for vaccination.