Disinfo: There are double standards when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines


If the same problem we can now see with AstraZeneca happened with the Russian Sputnik V, the media would focus on it the whole day, every day. They do not want to give the Russian vaccine the exception, but they gave it to AstraZeneca.

This is what happens when politics, propaganda, and business get in the way of medicine and safety.


The claim is unfounded. Media in Czechia and elsewhere did focus on the uncertainties concerning the AstraZeneca vaccine. Many articles about the vaccine and its problems were published world wide by practically all major news outlets, incl. in the Czech republic – like ČT24, Aktuálně.cz or Novinky.cz.

AstraZeneca did not receive any special treatment from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) either. It was authorised for use in the EU after it had undergone a rolling review by the agency, however, when a possible link between AstraZeneca and rare blood clots was confirmed, EMA communicated it clearly on its website.

The reason the Russian Sputnik V vaccine has not been authorised yet is that it submitted its application for a rolling review only in March 2021. The evaluation can take up to 150 working days, but busy work is in progress.

AstraZeneca’s rolling review started in October 2020 and the vaccine was authorised in late January 2021.

Regarding the general approach to Sputnik V, the head of the EMA, Emer Cooke, on 23 March 2021 said she hoped the Sputnik V vaccine would receive approval, and that the agency would visit Russia to find out more about production [as part of the rolling review]: "We do hope that this will be a valuable vaccine to add to the vaccines that were available to the European population." This was reported by diverse press outlets like Deutsche Welle,

Read more disinformation cases targeting anti-COVID-19 vaccines here.


  • Reported in: Issue 239
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Czech
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, EU, Czech Republic
  • Keywords: vaccination, coronavirus, Sputnik V
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Disinfo: The East Stratcom Task Force and "Bild" journalists carry out "secret orders" from Western intelligence services

The East Stratcom Task Force and "Bild" journalists carry out "secret orders" from Western intelligence services.

The similarities in names between the "Stratcom Dialogue" and institutions such as NATO's Stratcom, the Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence or the EU's East Stratcom Task Force are of course no coincidence, but rather an indication that the whining of incorrigible Russia-haters like Julian Röpcke about alleged Russian spies, who allegedly pose as journalists and carry out "secret orders" is just part of the usual mendacious whining of contemporaries who are so intensively connected to Western intelligence services that they already consider this parallel world as the true reality and strictly refuse to face the real world and consider all others as dangerous deviants.


This message is a part of a broader Kremlin narrative accusing various European media and institutions of Russophobia and connections to secret services with the aim of eroding their credibility.

The East Stratcom Task Force and "Bild" journalists do not receive nor carry out "secret orders" from Western intelligence services. The East Stratcom Task Force was established following a mandate from the leaders of the European Union as a reaction to the post-2014 wave of Russian propaganda and disinformation aimed against the EU member states and other countries of the region.

Disinfo: Lithuanian politicians will use virtual police patrol against freedom of opinion

The hatred in Facebook splits Lithuanian society. Police reacted. Society will be watched by a virtual patrol.


The costs of the attack on freedom of opinion could be high not only for society but also for the authorities. People could not like this way to control society. Serfdom was abolished in Lithuania 150 years ago.

It is a pity that the Lithuanian police pushed to intimidate society. Shame on Lithuanian politicians who are afraid of a free society and are using a “cyber patrol” against it.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Lithuania, accusing state authorities of persecuting freedom of speech and opinion.

The initiative of a “virtual patrol” or “cyber patrol” was announced by the Lithuanian police at the beginning of March 2021. It is a preventative measure against hate speech on social networks. The “cyber patrol” will monitor online content, mark comments which violate Lithuanian law, and issue a warning to its authors.

Disinfo: Alleged poisonings of Skripal, Navalny were Western provocations against Russia

In the last three years, our so-called Western partners twice alleged that Russia used chemical weapons against individual targets - Sergei Skripal and Alexei Navalny.

There is obviously no evidence to support these provocations. On the contrary, there is evidence that these were deliberate, planned provocations. These tactics can be deployed in any context, and the West has been perfecting them in recent years.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying Moscow's involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and Alexei Navalny.

Moscow's involvement in the Skripal poisoning has been proven via a thorough investigation.