Disinfo: The West is waging a war over the COVID-19 Sputnik V vaccine

Summary

The West has waged a vaccine war over the COVID-19 Sputnik V vaccine. It is a geopolitical confrontation that really has nothing to do with the vaccine. Clinical trials are ongoing and the results are positive.

Disproof

The article is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign in support of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus.

Tests were not completed before Russia released any information about the vaccine. Criticism and scepticism come mainly from professional circles, not from Western officials or pharmaceutical companies. The operation of the vaccine is questioned even by specialists directly from Russia.

The same disinformation campaign includes statements such as "Western attacks on the Russian coronavirus vaccine are a corporate cold war against humanity" or "Russian progress in COVID-19 vaccine has become for the West an outrageous challenge".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Czech
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, vaccination, The West

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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