Disinfo: The West wants to discredit Sputnik V vaccine


West appointed money for the campaign to discredit Russian vaccine Sputnik V. This decision is linked to NATO efforts to detain Russia. The vaccine will be discredited using “pseudo analytical researches” and fake testimonials about the assumed danger of the use of the vaccine. The creation of the vaccine is part of national policy and security. Western efforts to discredit Sputnik V is linked to the complex fight by NATO states, and especially the US, against Russia.


The messages in the articles are a part of a disinformation campaign aiming to promote the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and discredit Western vaccines, launched after approval of the Sputnik V vaccine was met with scepticism and criticism, even by Russian specialists in the country.

It is not true that Western media conduct campaigns to discredit Russian vaccines.

There is credible evidence that the Russian government pressed Russian scientists and researchers to be the first in the world to develop a vaccine against Covid-19, and did everything to shorten the process, raising concerns about the safety and efficiency of the Sputnik V vaccine. For further debunking, check Polygraph.

Other messages of disinformation about Sputnik V vaccine said that vaccines produced by Western pharmaceutical companies are more dangerous than the Sputnik V as the private businesses are driven by profits; Sputnik V is a target of a corporate Cold war; EU’s decision not to purchase the Sputnik V is questionable, other vaccines may be dangerous.


  • Reported in: Issue 224
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Lithuanian, German
  • Country: EU, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Sputnik V, coronavirus, vaccination, West, NATO


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