Disinfo: Politics should not play a role in vaccinations, Sputnik V is a target of an information campaign

Summary

Slovakian citizens must have the possibility of choosing a vaccine – be it from the West or from the East. Hungary and Serbia are examples of good vaccination strategies. The European Commission will always boycott other initiatives that work outside its structure.

Current vaccination is followed by an active information campaign, whose target is the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. The discussion about the Russian vaccine sometimes includes topics such as Russian totalitarianism or so-called “hybrid threats” – and so politics is unnecessarily dragged into the fight against the novel coronavirus.

Disproof

Disinformation about vaccines and Sputnik V.

There is no "war" against Sputnik V vaccine. On contrary, Russian and British scientists teamed up to trial a combination of the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines to see if protection against Covid-19 can be improved.

On February 2, interim results from a phase 3 trial of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine were finally published inThe Lancet medical journal. 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. Nonetheless, the producer of Sputnik V has not yet applied for a marketing authorization in the EU (as of 9, February, 2021). The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is in contact with the Russian producer of the Sputnik V vaccine and provides scientific advice. EU is not against Sputnik V if it can satisfy the same requirements as other vaccines.

See related disinformation cases alleging that the UK launched a smear campaign against Russian vaccine; and 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.

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  • Reported in: Issue 230
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Czech
  • Country: EU, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Russia
  • Keywords: Sputnik V, vaccination
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Kyiv is against the return of its soldiers from "LDNR"

Kyiv is against the return of its (captured) soldiers from LDNR. The telegram channel “Klymenko Time” published on Thursday 21 January information that Kyiv is against the return of Ukrainian Armed Forces soldiers to Viktor Medvedchuk.

Disproof

This is a pro-Kremlin narrative aimed to discredit Ukraine.

Ukraine is not against recalling Ukrainian soldiers who are in captivity in the territories not controlled by Kyiv. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine opposed the decision to transfer prisoners to a private person - Viktor Medvedchuk, who happens to be Putin's personal friend.

Biden came to power after a colour revolution

In a manner very similar to the Ukrainian events [in 2014], Biden has seized power from Trump in the US. This is a kind of geopolitical cycle in nature: at first, the United States “Americanised” Ukraine, tested it twice during “colour revolutions” and, in the end, practically turned it into its neo-colony under its own rigid external control with the use of native collaborators. Now the Ukrainian methods have been applied in the United States: the “colour revolution” technology was successfully used in the struggle for power.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about colour revolutions, recent US Presidential elections, and the Ukrainian statehood.

There was no colour revolution in the US. Allegations of electoral fraud have been dismissed more than 60 times by different US courts and judges, both Republican and Democrats, due to lack of any significant evidence, including by the Supreme Court on two occasions. There were extensive investigations about possible fraud, which turned out to be unfounded. This unprecedented scrutiny led to the conclusion that the November 3rd elections were the most secure elections in the history of the United States. Donald Trump lost the presidential election and the next US president, Joe Biden, was inaugurated on the 20th of January, 2021.

The Polish position on Belarus is exceptionally hostile

Probably, no Belarusian will argue with Poland. Another thing is that Poland will argue with Belarus. The actions realised by Poland after the Presidential elections in Belarus show that the attitude of the Polish state towards this country is exceptionally hostile.

Therefore, Poland will not achieve anything good unless it changes its Eastern foreign policy. No one in Minsk will dream about the Intermarium [geopolitical concept promoting the partnership of Central and Eastern European countries] together with Poles; no one will give up the Belarusian sovereignty in the name of Polish geopolitical ambitions. Belarus clearly supports its alliance with Russia – Poland should accept this fact and give up its attempts to drag Belarus to another geopolitical camp.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus – Poland is presented here as a country with hostile and aggressive plans towards Belarus.

The claims that Poland “occupies an exceptionally hostile position on Belarus” or it has some aggressive geopolitical plans towards this country are unfounded. Poland is a neighbour of Belarus and it continues to support the Belarusian people. Poland respects the principles of international law and does not intervene in the domestic affairs of any country.