Disinfo: "Sputnik V" criticism is based on financial motives

Summary

The criticism of the “Sputnik V” vaccine is nothing more than an example of a protracted competition between Russia and the United States, which in this case is based on financial motives.

Disproof

This is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the Russian coronavirus vaccine called “Sputnik V”, which was met with scepticism and criticism, even by Russian specialists.

Reservations about the Russian Sputnik V vaccine are caused by the fact that Russia didn’t complete the large trials which WHO insists that a vaccine must undergo involving thorough testing to examine the vaccine’s safety and efficacy before it is released. Rolling out an inadequately vetted vaccine could endanger the people receiving it.

In fact, there is evidence that Russia has at all times perceived the development of a coronavirus vaccine mainly in terms of geopolitical and economic gain.

There is currently no available approved vaccine for COVID-19 anywhere in the world. However, there are 30 vaccines in clinical trials on humans, and at least 90 preclinical vaccines are under active investigation in animals.

See other examples in our database, such as claims that the UK launched a smear campaign against it; that the WHO and Microsoft sabotaged the Russian vaccine; that Europe is turning to Russia due to its desperate need for a vaccine; or 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.

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".

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  • Reported in: Issue 219
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, health, vaccination, West, Russophobia
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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