Disinfo: The US and its allies are planning on launching a massive information campaign to discredit the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.


The US and its allies are planning on launching a massive information campaign to discredit the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.

Mostly through controlled NGOs, such as the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Soros’ Open Society Foundations, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and media such as BBC, Reuters or Internews. This attack is going to focus on supporting the thesis claiming the vaccine is ineffective and dangerous. Furthermore, staged mass deaths of people allegedly caused by the substance are going to take place. The US with its allies are also going to “publish materials” about the incompetence of Russian vaccine and immunology experts.

The anti-Russian campaign is going to focus on those European countries, that have already registered the vaccine – Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, Montenegro, San Marino, and North Macedonia.


There is no evidence whatsoever to support this claim.

USAID is not a non-governmental organisation but rather an agency of the US Government which focuses on international development. Western governments do not control NGOs and media, and cannot decide what is going to be broadcasted.

All other vaccines used in the European Union have undergone the necessary review from the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

The reason why Sputnik V has not been authorised at EU level is that the Russian Gamaleya Institute responsible for its development only applied for a so-called rolling review by EMA in early March. The researchers from AstraZeneca applied in October, Pfizer/BioNTech’s also in October, Moderna’s in November, and Janssen’s in December.


  • Reported in: Issue 236
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Czech, Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, EU
  • Keywords: vaccination, coronavirus, West
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