Disinfo: The West is campaigning to discredit the Sputnik V vaccine


According to various data, there are extensive resources used by the West in order to discredit the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. The West has developed a disinformation campaign on Russian media and social media that the Russian Sputnik V vaccine is dangerous and a large number of Russians do not want to get vaccinated. To this end, the West has prepared to spread “pseudo analytical” reports and statements from “witnesses”. The disinformation campaign in Russia is financed from abroad.


Recurring disinformation narratives about an ongoing campaign of the West to discredit the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and the promotion of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.

The claim that the West has financed and promoted campaigns to discredit the Russian Sputnik V vaccine is not supported by factual evidence. On Aug 11, 2020, Russia declared it is the first country in the world to approve a vaccine against coronavirus. Nonetheless, there are widespread concerns that the approval is premature. At the time of approval, the vaccine had not even started phase 3 trials, nor had any results on the earlier stage trials been published, worlds scientists said on the Lancet. WHO expressed concerns as for preternatural registration of vaccine.

Following the criticism, Russia published its response on the Lancet. Then international experts expressed concerns about statistical anomalies revealed during the publication of the results of the first and second phases of clinical trials of the Russian vaccine. Publishing their clarifications, Russia did not address the criticism, in essence, analysed Deutsche Welle.

See other examples of the Sputnik V-related disinformation narratives: There is a conspiracy ripening against Russian vaccine; Europe attacks Russia in “vaccines’ war”; it’s better for Ukrainians to die than to be saved by cheap Russian vaccine; EU prohibits countries from saving its citizens from COVID-19.


  • Reported in: Issue 226
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Bulgarian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Sputnik V, coronavirus, vaccination, West


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