Disinfo: The West tries to complicate the process of the Russian vaccine entering the international market

Summary

While mass vaccination is underway in Russia, the West is still trying to find a way to complicate the process of the Russian vaccine entering the international market. The very fact of the distribution of Sputnik V and our other vaccines means an increase in the credibility and reputation of Russia in the international arena, they do not want this. Europe is facing a large vaccine shortage, and in this situation, Sputnik V could help defeat the pandemic in Europe.

Disproof

This is a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that exploits the coronavirus pandemic claiming that there is a Russophobic campaign against Sputnik V.

Contrary to the claim, previous criticism and mistrust of the Sputnik V vaccine were not due to any alleged Russophobia but to the publication of incomplete or questionable data about it, surrounded by a disinformation campaign about this and other vaccines.

Reservations and criticism of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine stem from the fact that Russia did not complete large trials to test the vaccine’s safety and efficacy before releasing it. Rolling out an inadequately vetted vaccine could endanger people who receive it.

On February 2, 2021, interim results from a phase 3 trial of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine were finally published in The 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. This is what led to a general change in the approach towards Sputnik V. All vaccines, authorised by the European Medicines Agency are welcome in the EU. As of the 17 February 2021, the producer of the Sputnik V vaccine has not submitted a market authorisation to the European Medicines Agency.

See other examples of these pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives in our database, such as claims that Western attacks on the Russian coronavirus vaccine are a corporate cold war against humanity or "Russian progress in COVID-19 vaccine has become for the West an outrageous challenge, that Sputnik V is a target of the corporate cold war; that the West wants to discredit the Sputnik V; that the WHO and Microsoft sabotaged the Russian vaccine, 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 232
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, Russia
  • Keywords: Sputnik V, coronavirus, vaccination, Anti-Russian
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The establishment of a external control by the West was the real goal of the 2014 revolution in Ukraine

External control over Ukraine is an obvious fact. The establishment of external control was the real goal of the 2014 revolution. Today’s Ukraine can only exist under the external control of the West.

External control over Ukraine is an obvious fact and cannot be hidden by closing TV channels and sanctions against Medvedchuk and his wife, which looks particularly low – in line with those who rule in Kyiv today. First, the establishment of external control was the real goal of the 2014 revolution. Second, Poroshenko put Biden at the head of the table and recognised him as the true ruler of Ukraine. Third, Zelenskyi can only manage his own comedy district, but here he cannot manage without external control. Moreover, Ukraine can only exist under external control of the West. They call it “independence”.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives. No evidence is given to back up the claim that Ukraine is under external control. Several previous disinformation cases on Ukraine being under foreign control can be found in our database.

Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected president and parliament. Ukraine is not controlled by any foreign government or organisation. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world, including the EU.

There was a coup by nationalist extremists and fascists in Ukraine sponsored by US

Blinken is a staunch liberal hawk who is not afraid to play with fire, as demonstrated by the US-sponsored coup by nationalist extremists and fascists against the legitimately elected government in Ukraine. Blinken also had a major hand in this and worked closely with his subordinate Victoria “Fuck the EU” Nuland on the Maidan coup.

Disproof

There was no coup d’état or Putsch in Kyiv in 2014; this is a longstanding pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's Euromaidan protests, laying responsibility for the ensuing Russian aggression on the US.

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction from several segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013, after pressure from Russia. See the full debunk The Western-backed coup in Ukraine has torn the country asunder.

Terrorists plan false flag chemical attacks in Syria

According to sources, terrorists are planning to stage a chemical attack with subsequent victims among the civilian population in order to put the blame on the Syrian government forces.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about chemical attacks as well as recurring disinformation narrative deflecting blame for chemical attacks from the Assad regime. Read here a similar case claiming that the intelligence services of France and Belgium are preparing a false-flag chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province, in coordination with local terrorist cells and the White Helmets group.

The German NGO GPPi has collected data on 349 confirmed incidents(opens in a new tab) with use of various types of chemical weapons. In almost all the cases, Syrian regime forces can be tied to the attacks.