Disinfo: Ukraine continues “policy of genocide” because it will not buy Russian COVID vaccine

Summary

Ukraine will not buy the Russian vaccine against coronavirus, therefore it continues “the policy of genocide” by the current government against its people. Ukraine will have to spend its entire budget on the purchase of American vaccine against coronavirus.

Disproof

A new addition to the recently developed pro-Kremlin narrative about the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V.

The Russian vaccine has been met with international scepticism, claiming that the vaccine is not backed by evidence from a complete phase three trial.

The WHO published a landscape of COVID-19 candidate vaccines, which considered the Russian project developed by Gamaleya Research Institute as being in phase 1 of clinical testing. In fact, Russia hasn’t completed large trials to test the vaccine’s safety and efficacy, and rolling out an inadequately vetted vaccine could endanger people who receive it. The World Health Organisation expressed some reservations about the procedure followed by Russia initiating talks with Russian authorities about undertaking a review of the vaccine but refusing to endorse it right away.

There is currently no available vaccine for COVID-19 in the world. However, while there is no approved vaccine yet, there are 36 vaccines in clinical trials on humans, and at least 90 preclinical vaccines are under active investigation in animals.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 211
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, vaccination, Genocide

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