Disinfo: The EU’s vaccine strategy is clearly political and focuses on profits of Western companies

Summary

The strategy the European Union currently uses for the acquirement of COVID-19 vaccines is clearly political. It is also about profits – if Sputnik V vaccinations were taking place, the Pfizer vaccine would not be used as much which would result in lower profits for the Western company.

Those who question the quality of Sputnik V just because it originates in Russia are simply stupid.

Disproof

Following the development of vaccines against COVID-19, pro-Kremlin websites have actively promoted the Russian vaccine Sputnik V.

Although it is legitimate to criticise the EU’s vaccine (or any other) strategy, there is no proof for these claims.

Vaccines approved in the European Union must first apply for a review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The researchers from AstraZeneca did so in October 2020, as well as Pfizer/BioNTech’s, and Moderna’s in November 2020.

The Russian Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology responsible for the Russian vaccine Sputnik V had not applied for a rolling review by EMA until March 2021 and so the review is not finished yet. See the EMA's information of 04 March about its rolling review and scientific advice to the Sputnik V producer here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 235
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Czech
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, EU
  • Keywords: vaccination, coronavirus, Sputnik V
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The EU policy is always: to press, to beat, to lie, to sanction and persuasion to surrender

The EU will not sever diplomatic relations with Russia, because Europe is also always for dialogue. Their paradigm always requires persuasion and persuasion. To press and persuade to surrender. To beat and persuade to surrender. To lie to your eyes and persuade you to give up. Sanctions, eye contact and surrender. Therefore, all ambassadors will remain in their places. And they will be persuaded to surrender.

Disproof

A recurrent narrative on the EU's aggressive anti-Russian ambitions. The EU, its member states and most of the world community demand that Russia fulfils its obligations as a member of the UN, the Council of Europe, the OSCE and other international organisations, as well as Russia's own legislation.

The EU and Russia have committed to upholding and respecting the fundamental values and principles of democracy, human rights, the rule of law and the market economy. These values underpin EU-Russia relations.

More than half of the young people in Sweden are criminals

According to statistics from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, more than half of the children in the tenth grade have performed crime. At the same time, almost half say that they have suffered from criminal acts.

Disproof

A recurring disinformation claim on crime in Europe, in this case Sweden, consistent with a narrative of a Western collapse. The survey from 2019, referred to in the claim, establishes that 52 percent of boys - have performed petty crimes, like shoplifting, trespassing.

It can also be mentioned that there is no tenth grade in Swedish schools.

64 people have died in Sweden from side effects of vaccination

In Sweden around 64 deaths have occurred due to side effects of vaccination against the coronavirus. This reports the daily Aftonbladet, referring to the kingdom’s medical products agency. /…/ The kingdom is mainly exploiting the vaccines from Pfizer.

Disproof

An unfounded claim, attempting to discredit the Pfizer vaccine, the outlet is deliberately misleading readers distorting the original Swedish text from the daily Aftonbladet:

Totally 64 cases of deaths have been reported to the Medical Product Agency. All of those have been elderly people with underlying medical conditions. The Agency concludes that there is no suspicions on connections between the deaths and the vaccine.