DISINFO: The West is financing a disinformation campaign against the Russian vaccine Sputnik V
  • Outlet: it.sputniknews.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: December 11, 2020
  • Outlet language(s): Italian
  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • Countries / regions discussed: EU, US, Russia
Sputnik V coronavirus vaccination West Anti-Russian

DISINFO: The West is financing a disinformation campaign against the Russian vaccine Sputnik V


The West is financing a disinformation campaign against the Russian anti-Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on coronavirus aiming to promote the Sputnik V vaccine and to present Russia as a 'leader in COVID-19 management'.

It is not true that the West conducts campaigns to discredit the Russian vaccine Sputnik V.

Reservations about the Russian Sputnik V vaccine are caused by the fact that Russia didn’t complete the extensive trials which WHO insists that a vaccine must undergo involving thorough testing to examine the vaccine’s safety and efficacy before it is released. Rolling out an inadequately vetted vaccine could endanger the people receiving it. Sputnik V was met with scepticism and criticism, even by Russian specialists.

On the other hand, there is credible evidence that the Russian government pressed Russian scientists and researchers to be the first in the world to develop a vaccine against Covid-19, and did everything to shorten the process, raising concerns about the safety and efficiency of the Sputnik V vaccine. For further debunking, check Polygraph.

Russia has at all times perceived the development of a coronavirus vaccine mainly in terms of geopolitical and economic gain.

Read similar cases claiming that Western media are conducting a propaganda campaign to discredit Russian and Chinese vaccines and that the reasons for the West’s criticism of Sputnik V vaccine are political.


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