Disinfo: Pfizer might have delayed its vaccine announcement to get rid of Trump with EU and German encouragement

Summary

After the announcement of the Pfizer vaccine, stock markets showed massive gains not seen since the early 20th century during elections. If the vaccine had become known a little earlier, the market boom would have occurred in the run-up to Election Day, and the scales might have been tipped in Trump’s favour. As is well known, stock market dynamics in the United States mean a lot, including for ordinary citizens. All this gives reason to believe that Pfizer may have intentionally delayed publishing reports of successful trials of its COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition, there is another important fact, which is that this particular vaccine is a joint work of the American company BioNTech and Pfizer Inc. German, and most of the European Union, are not Trump supporters. Thus, since the German side is one of the participants in the development of the vaccine, the country’s authorities could have pressed for delaying the release of the report on the success of the vaccine test.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the article’s claims. This article combines several recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives. The first is the narrative about the powerful but invisible impact of secret élites/ global elites on world politics.

The second disinformation narrative involves the cynical allegations of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to serve political and economic ends. In the early days of the pandemic, pro-Kremlin media propagated the view that it was invented by the US to destroy the Chinese economy and target Russia and its allies, only for the US to become one of the hardest hit countries by the pandemic. The narrative then focused on the pandemic being a plot by a global elite to control people including by planting a microchip in their heads.

In recent weeks, the focus of pro-Kremlin disinformation has been on the West's alleged attempts to discredit the Russian vaccine on a political rather than a scientific basis, in order to present discussion about the vaccine-development process to being somehow politically-driven and irrational.

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  • Reported in: Issue 221
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: EU, US, Germany
  • Keywords: coronavirus, vaccination, Secret elites / global elites, Conspiracy theory

Disclaimer

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