Disinfo: Top EU officials issued pressure on the European Medicines Agency for approving the Pfizer vaccine


Top-level representatives of the European Union interfered in the process of approval of a vaccine against the coronavirus, thus potentially harming the reputation of the European Medicines Agency.

Despite the specialists’ warnings, EU repeatedly demanded a swift certification of the vaccine of the Pfizer and BioNTech. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, categorically demanded the vaccine to be approved before the end of the year.


This is part of a disinformation campaign aiming to discredit Western vaccines.

The claim about European Medicines Agency (EMA) is presented without any evidence or sources. On the 21st of December 2020, the European medicines Agency recommended granting a conditional marketing authorisation for the first COVID-19 vaccine to be used in the EU. Vaccine development for COVID-19 vaccines is being fast-tracked in the EU and globally. Development is compressed in time, applying the extensive knowledge on vaccine production gained with existing vaccines. Read more about the fast-track vaccine development in public health emergency here.

Read more cases that claim that Western vaccines are more dangerous than the Russian Sputnik V, or that Pfizer used to fake clinical trials, or that Pfizer might have delayed its vaccine announcement to get rid of Trump with EU encouragement, or even that "Sputnik V" criticism is based on financial motives.


  • Reported in: Issue 227
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Ursula von der Leyen, vaccination, European Commission


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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