Russian soldiers are not taking part in the combat actions in the Central African Republic.
“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.
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.