DISINFO: The West is against Sputnik V because of competition
  • Outlet: sputniknews.gr (archived)*
  • Date of publication: December 19, 2020
  • Outlet language(s): Greek
  • Reported in: Issue 226
  • Countries / regions discussed: Russia
Sputnik V coronavirus vaccination West

DISINFO: The West is against Sputnik V because of competition


The negative reactions of certain Western countries against the Russian vaccine Sputnik V is a result of the competition that big pharmaceuticals companies cannot withstand from Russia in the fight against coronavirus.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West and Sputnik V vaccine.

The claim on Western and more specifically EU officials are trying to discredit the Sputnik V vaccine is unfounded and presented without evidence.

If the Russian developer wished to place their vaccine on the EU market it would have to approach the European Medicines Agency (EMA) with a request for a rolling review or a marketing authorization application, just as any other vaccine developer. So far (as of 12/01/2012) the EMA has not received an application for the sales of Sputnik V on the European market.

The EMA has already issued a conditional marketing authorization for BioNTech and Pfizer vaccine.

See related disinformation claims alleging that the "Western attacks on the Russian coronavirus vaccine are a corporate cold war against humanity" or that "Russian progress in COVID-19 vaccine has become for the West an outrageous challenge".


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