Disinfo: President Maia Sandu was secretly vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine

Summary

Maia Sandu was secretly vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in January (first dose). This is why she categorically refuses to get the AstraZeneca vaccine. Maia Sandu and at least 3 other people at the head of PAS received the US-German vaccine this year at the foreign embassy in Chisinau.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about vaccination, especially involving AstraZeneca vaccine, often presented as dangerous.

Vaccination with the AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines is currently taking place in the Republic of Moldova. AstraZeneca was the first vaccine that the country's authorities have been able to obtain with Romania's help at the end of February. On 19 March, Moldova also received the first doses of Pfizer/BioNTech.

The Moldovan Presidency denied this statement for the StopFals.md portal, condemning it as one aimed at discouraging people from getting vaccinated. Moldova plans to rollout vaccines in three stages where the first stage envisaging vaccination of the medical personnel has already started.

See here a similar case claiming that Moldovan doctors refuse to get vaccinated with AstraZeneca and are waiting for Sputnik V.

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  • Reported in: Issue 235
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Moldova
  • Keywords: vaccination, Maia Sandu
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Disproof

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Disproof

No evidence is given on this matter.

Furthermore, this narrative fits a recurring narrative targetting NATO, while forgetting to mention that there are no NATO troops on the ground in Syria.

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Disproof

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