Disinfo: There is no approved COVID-19 vaccine except the Russian one, says Reuters

Summary

There is no established vaccine for the Coronavirus so far, except for the one that Russia registered last month, Reuters says.

Disproof

This is a deliberate distortion of the original Reuters article, titled “US criticizes WHO's concerns about adopting a COVID19 vaccine without passing trials”.

The article did not point out that the Russian Coronavirus vaccine is “registered”, but rather states that “...there is no established vaccine for the Coronavirus so far, except for the one approved by Russia before it undergoes large-scale trials”.

A phrase originally published in the article of Reuters “Officials at the WHO warned on Monday that any vaccine rapidly distributed could pose risks”, was also removed from this case. 

On a side note, the “Science Insider” explains that the Russian certification allows the vaccine to be given to “a small number of citizens from vulnerable groups,” and it stipulates that the vaccine cannot be used widely until, presumably, larger clinical trials have been completed, which is an essential step in the protocols of the World Health Organization.

See other examples in our database, such as claims that the WHO and Microsoft sabotaged the claimed vaccine, that the West criticised it because it can’t accept Russia’s primacy or that Bloomberg affirmed that this vaccine makes Putin the protector of the people, or that the US used Navalny case to block the Russian vaccine, and that WHO says that the Sputnik V vaccine is in phase 3 of clinical testing.

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  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic, English
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, vaccination, WHO

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Germany lies about Navalny’s poisoning, it is a pretext to new sanctions against Russia

Professionals are also not silent. They bluntly say that the clinical picture of poisoning is different, “the Novichok” family, in principle, does not exist, and Berlin stubbornly refuses to cooperate and provide information that would at least somehow verify the statements it made.

In general, the Federal Republic of Germany voiced a lie that was obvious to absolutely everyone, without even bothering to give it the appearance of plausibility.

It raises an important question: why was it done this way? After all, it was possible to act somehow more gracefully. The answer lies on the surface: new sanctions are coming.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Aleksei Navalny's poisoning with multiple repeating claims: that the results of the medical investigation are manipulated, that there is a special operation against Russia to launch new sanctions, and that Germany does not share information with Russia on Navalny's health and investigation results.

On September 2, the government of Germany stated that after a careful investigation it was established that Aleksei Navalny was poisoned by a substance from the Novichok group. The official statement reads:

The Munich agreement started World War II

In Poland, more and more often true (historical) memory and sorrow are replaced by farce. How can one explain the annexation of the Czechoslovak lands by Poland immediately after the “Munich Agreement”, which gave the “green light” to implement the aggressive plans of Nazi Germany?

Disproof

This is a pro-Kremlin conspiracy narrative about WWII and the Munich Agreement.

The Munich Agreement (signed 30 September 1938), did indeed permit German annexation of the Sudetenland, in western Czechoslovakia. The policy of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler was heavily criticised in Europe and proved to be a disastrous move. But World War II began in Europe on September 1 1939, after the signature of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, when Hitler attacked Poland. Soviet troops entered the territory on September 17 of the same year. Great Britain and France responded by declaring war on Germany on 3 September, creating an anti-Hitler coalition together with the expelled Polish government and other countries.

The Charité clinic did not prove that Navalny was poisoned

The [hospital] made a statement that [former Ukrainian president] Yushchenko had been poisoned, and then, to the shame of German medicine and this clinic, it turned out that Yushchenko had in fact not been poisoned. The reasons why they lied were not medical, but purely political, ordered by someone.

This is the same clinic that made a dastardly propagandistic act, lying to the whole world for political reasons [about the poisoning of Yushchenko]. Today they can do the same. Because they never explained the reasons behind their shameful behaviour towards Yushchenko and are playing along for some political reasons.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the poisoning of anti-corruption activist Aleksei Navalny presented as a series of rhetorical and leading questions, suggesting manipulation of the test results.

The doctors of the Berlin Charité Hospital announced that initial findings point to the poisoning of the Kremlin critic Navalny. The official Charité-statement reads: