Disinfo: The West continues its war against Sputnik V and Russian vaccines

Summary

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.

On February 2, after the disinfo message was published, interim results from a phase 3 trial of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine were finally published inThe Lancet. The trial results show a consistent strong protective effect across all participant age groups, meaning that the Sputnik V vaccine candidate appears safe and effective.

See related disinformation cases alleging that the UK launched a smear campaign against Russian vaccine; and that the West criticises the Sputnik V because it can’t accept Russia’s primacy and because its pharmaceutical companies will lose billions of dollars.

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  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Greek
  • Country: EU, Russia
  • Keywords: Sputnik V, vaccination, European Commission, West, WHO
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Disproof

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