DISINFO: Unwillingness to authorise Russian or Chinese vaccines is similar to the situation prior to the Munich Agreement
  • Outlet: cz.sputniknews.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: January 23, 2021
  • Outlet language(s): Czech
  • Reported in: Issue 230
  • Countries / regions discussed: Czech Republic, Russia
Sputnik V vaccination USSR WWII

DISINFO: Unwillingness to authorise Russian or Chinese vaccines is similar to the situation prior to the Munich Agreement


The Czech government is unwilling to authorise other vaccines apart from those provided by the EU to resolve their shortage. Not buying the Russian Sputnik V (or even the Chinese vaccine) is a sign of clearly ideological reasons and it seems very much like the situation in 1938. The Czech Republic did not trust Communist Russia and decided to rely on its Western allies – and the outcome was the humiliating Munich Agreement.


This article is a part of a narrative claiming that European countries are “discriminating” the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. Such claims are false. On contrary, 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.

The producer of Sputnik V has not yet applied for a marketing authorization in the EU (as of 9, February, 2021). The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is in contact with the Russian producer of the Sputnik V vaccine and provides scientific advice. EU is not against Sputnik V if it can satisfy the same requirements as other vaccines.

The criticism of the Russian vaccine was not based on ideological reasons but rather on the development process. It was announced in August 2020 that the first Russian vaccine Sputnik V was approved, and the Russian Federation authorised it for widespread use. Normally, a vaccine would be approved only after the completion of phase III of clinical trials, the interim results from which were only published in The Lancet on 02 February.

It is rather inappropriate to compare the current vaccine situation to the 1938 Munich Agreement which permitted the annexation of the Czechoslovak territory Sudetenland by Nazi Germany.


Related disinfo cases


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

    Your opinion matters!

    Data Protection Information *

      Subscribe to the Disinfo Review

      Your weekly update on pro-Kremlin disinformation

      Data Protection Information *

      The Disinformation Review is sent through Mailchimp.com. See Mailchimp’s privacy policy and find out more on how EEAS protects your personal data.