Disinfo: The first country in the EU approved Sputnik V, its efficacy was proven

Summary

Hungary became the first EU state to officially allow the use of the Sputnik V vaccine on its territory. Hungary is the first EU country to assess the benefits of Sputnik V.

This is an important decision of Hungarian specialists that demonstrates the high level of safety and efficacy of the Sputnik V vaccine at over 90%.

Specialists name the important advantages of the Sputnik V to be safety, efficacy and lack of long-term negative consequences.

Disproof

The claim advances a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Russian-made coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V.

Importantly, the claim was published before the Lancet published interim results from a phase 3 trial of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. The trial results show a consistent strong protective effect across all participant age groups. This means that the interim results show Sputnik V vaccine appears safe and effective.

While it is true that Hungary became the first country in the European Union to give preliminary approval to Sputnik V, "some polls suggest only seven percent of Hungarians would accept the Russian vaccine". The critical view of the Russian vaccine is linked to the lack of transparency which accompanied its approval process. Doubts about the vaccine were expressed even by Russian specialists in the country. The reservations and criticisms of Sputnik V are caused by the fact that Russia had not completed large trials to test the vaccine’s safety and efficacy before releasing it. Rolling out an inadequately vetted vaccine could endanger people who receive it.

See similar claims that Sputnik V is effective against the new strain but Europe refuses to buy it for political reasons; that Vaccines produced by Western pharmaceutical companies are more dangerous that the Sputnik V as the private businesses are driven by profits; that Sputnik V is the world’s first coronavirus vaccine with over 90% efficacy; and that Sputnik V vaccine will stop the pandemic.

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  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: EU, Hungary, Russia
  • Keywords: Sputnik V, coronavirus, vaccination
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Sweden supports NATO in hope of exercising hegemony over the lands of "Greater Scandinavia"

Sweden is striving to support NATO’s anti-Russian “containment” policy in Northern Europe despite not being a formal member of the bloc, hoping that it’ll be rewarded with American approval for its own “sphere of influence” over the lands of “Greater Scandinavia” in which its “deep state” believes that they have the historical right to exercise a form of hegemony. Truth be told, they’ll likely succeed for the most part since the smaller surrounding countries (especially the Baltics) have jumped on the anti-Russian bandwagon and are eager to receive as much military support from America’s new de facto Swedish ally as possible. They seem to hope that submitting themselves to this emerging regional order will work out to their national benefit in some way or another, perhaps economically through a “deluge” of Swedish investments after having accepted that their countries are unable to survive as truly independent states. If this growing “sphere of influence” remained economic and cultural, then it wouldn’t be a threat to Russia, but the problem is its dark military dimension.

Disproof

A narrative, in line with the trope of "encircling Russia", suggesting imperialist ambitions among Russia's neighbours. Similar claims can be found on Poland and Lithuania.

Sweden is not pursuing imperialist ambitions and strives towards dialogue and cooperation with its neighbours and calling for a rule based order in international relations. More details on Sweden's foreign and security policy here.

The West continues its war against Sputnik V and Russian vaccines

The West and especially the European Union have favoured the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine extensively despite its proven side effects in comparison to Sputnik V and other Russian vaccines such as the EpiVacCorona. This is a war against Sputnik V although the Russian vaccine has proven to be more efficient.

Disproof

Disinformation about vaccines.

There is no "war" against Sputnik V vaccine. Recently, Russian and British scientists teamed up to trial a combination of the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines to see if protection against Covid-19 can be improved.

Western media are intensely discrediting Russian vaccines against COVID-19

Western media are intensely discrediting Russian vaccines against COVID-19, and European authorities are hindering their distribution.

Disproof

The claim advances a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning the Russian-made coronavirus vaccine casting Russia as the spearhead of the global race to develop an effective treatment for COVID-19. This is a part of a campaign aiming to promote the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. The claim that the West is trying to discredit the Sputnik V vaccine is unfounded.

The pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on Sputnik V seems to have been launched after its announcement was met with scepticism and criticism even by Russian specialists in the country. However, experts' reports conclude that Russia has perceived the development of a coronavirus vaccine in terms of geopolitical and economic gain. Reservations and criticism of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine stem from the fact that Russia did not complete large trials to test the vaccine’s safety and efficacy before releasing it. Rolling out an inadequately vetted vaccine could endanger people who receive it.