DISINFO: The Italian government uses excuses to reject Sputnik V, the only vaccine with no side effects
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DISINFO: The Italian government uses excuses to reject Sputnik V, the only vaccine with no side effects


The Italian government has found innumerable excuses to reject the Sputnik V vaccine, the only vaccine in the world that does not have case histories of negative side-effects that range from unpleasant to lethal.


Recurrent disinformation message about vaccines, including the the Sputnik V vaccine.

The article suggests that Italy has no valid reason for not adopting the Sputnik V vaccine and is simply inventing “excuses” to reject it.

Italy, as a member state of the European Union, refers to the guidelines and authorisations on vaccines issued by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the EU's competent body in this matter. Currently, the Russian vaccine Sputnik V has not been approved and has entered the EMA's rolling review process.

The EMA applies the same regulatory approach and scientific rigour to all vaccine applications that meet European requirements for safety, efficacy and quality and is in dialogue with more than 50 vaccine developers from across the globe.

Concerning the claim that Sputnik V is the only vaccine in the world that has no proven side-effects. An interim analysis of phase 3 clinical trial data, published in The Lancet in February 2021, reports that the mild side effects of Sputnik V are similar to those of the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

An article published in The Lancet on 12 May 2021 also points out that the reporting of interim phase 3 trial data for Sputnik V is inadequate and riddled with inconsistencies.

Read similar cases claiming that countries are eliminating dangerous AstraZeneca and choosing Sputnik V instead, and that the EU is discrediting Sputnik V without valid arguments.


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