Disinfo: Sputnik V is the first COVID-19 vaccine worldwide

Summary

“Sputnik V”, which was developed by the Russian Gamaleya Center for Microbiology, was officially registered in the country in August and has become the world’s first vaccine against the coronavirus.

Disproof

The claim advances a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning the Russian-made coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V; casting Russia as the spearhead of the global race to develop an effective treatment for COVID-19.

The Russian government's approval of Sputnik V in August 2020 hardly makes it the world's first coronavirus vaccine.

Serious doubts linger over both the safety and efficacy of the Russian-made vaccine, given the lack of transparency which accompanied the approval process and the "very strange patterns in the data" which the drug's developers submitted to The Lancet journal. In fact, Russia remains the only country which has approved a COVID-19 vaccine before the publication of Phase III efficacy data.

Read more cases that claim that the West wants to discredit Sputnik-V vaccine, or that EU prohibits countries from saving its citizens from COVID-19, and that the reasons for the West's criticism of Sputnik-V vaccine are political.

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  • Reported in: Issue 226
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: Sputnik V, coronavirus, vaccination, Russian superiority, Propaganda
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO encircling Russia and about Ukraine as NATO's puppet. There is no evidence that Ukraine will be used by any NATO country as a ground against Russia.

So far, no country has expressed its willingness to deploy a military base in Ukraine. Speculations over this started after joint Ukraine-UK military exercises in 2020. At the moment, Ukraine and the UK are planning to cooperate in the development of the Ukrainian sea fleet. The UK also expressed its willingness to help in the modernisation of Ukrainian naval infrastructure. Also, the US Armed Forces provide assistance in improving naval infrastructure in Mykolaiv oblast.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and Crimea.

Crimea and Sevastopol were illegally annexed by Russia in 2014. Under the Geneva Convention, an occupying state bears full responsibility for all that happens on occupied territory and for all requirements, such as water.

Poland is a key player promoting the power change in Belarus

Polish “engine” of the Belarusian protests.

The fact that Poland is pursuing an anti-Russian line has not been a secret for many years. Poland is a key player promoting the change of power in Belarus.

The outgoing year has shown that Russia is having difficulties with countries such as Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic. This trio played a significant role in the events in Belarus and Moldova, which have obviously anti-Russian overtones. All these three states are usually underestimated in our country but in vain. And underestimating those can cause significant damage to Russia.

Disproof

This message is a part of the Kremlin narratives about Russophobic and Anti-Russian Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic. It also contains the familiar pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus. Finally, it accuses Poland of intervening in the domestic affairs of Belarus, which is a severe violation of the principles of diplomacy and international relations.

The protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August, which are considered fraudulent by a large part of Belarusian society. The European Union has also stated that the elections were neither free nor fair.