Disinfo: Western attacks on the Russian coronavirus vaccine are a corporate cold war against humanity

Summary

Sputnik V, the Russian vaccine against Covid-19, has been the target of ceaseless attacks by corporate western media. Instead of uniting behind a shot that may save lives, some are willing to put the whole humanity at risk. For the business world in the West and the governments that represent them, the vaccine issue is a race, a new confrontation similar to a “cold war”, not about whose technologies would be more advance for the sake of everyone’s health, but for the sake of their profit. Now they are doing everything at hand to seed speculative and baseless doubts on Sputnik V, without considering the harm that this may cause.

Disproof

Reservations and criticism of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine are caused by the fact that Russia didn’t complete large trials to test the vaccine’s safety and efficacy before releasing it. Rolling out an inadequately vetted vaccine could endanger people who receive it. In fact, there is evidence that Russia has at all times perceived the development of a coronavirus vaccine mainly in terms of geopolitical and economic gain.

The article is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, launched after its announcement was met with scepticism and criticism, even by Russian specialists in the country. See other examples in our database, such as claims that the UK launched a smear campaign against it; that the WHO confirmed that the Sputnik V was on Phase 3 of clinical testing; that the WHO and Microsoft sabotaged the Russian vaccine; that Europe is turning to Russia due to its desperate need for a vaccine; or that the West criticises the Sputnik V because it can’t accept Russia’s primacy and because its pharmaceutical companies will lose billions of dollars.

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  • Reported in: Issue 212
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, vaccination, West

Disclaimer

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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The US and Europe face multiple deaths out of fear to admit Russia’s success against coronavirus

The US and Europe face multiple deaths out of fear to admit Russia’s success. Western elites have considered Russia as an enemy for a long time, and this rivalry can be observed in all fronts. However, the US and the EU are in no rush to admit their defeat, even when the life of their people is at risk. Even the high mortality of the coronavirus pandemic is not pushing the West to improve relations with Moscow. After Russian scientists announced that they could create a vaccine against the disease, western elites are trying that the public doesn’t believe on it. This approach can cause numerous deaths, only because they don’t want to admit that Russia was the first country to create a medicine against the coronavirus and overcame the collective West in the scientific race.

Disproof

This is a mix of several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about an alleged anti-Russian bias in the West and prejudices against Russia’s greatness. Contrary to the claim, reservations and criticism of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine are not caused by a Western refusal to accept Russia’s alleged primacy and success but because Russia didn’t complete large trials to test the vaccine’s safety and efficacy before releasing it, and rolling out an inadequately vetted vaccine could endanger people who receive it.

The article is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, launched after its announcement was met with scepticism and criticism, even by Russian specialists in the country. See other examples in our database, such as claims that the UK launched a smear campaign against it; that the WHO confirmed that the Sputnik V was on Phase 3 of clinical testing; that the WHO and Microsoft sabotaged the Russian vaccine; that Europe is turning to Russia due to its desperate need for a vaccine; or that the West criticises the Sputnik V because it can’t accept Russia’s primacy and because its pharmaceutical companies will lose billions of dollars.

Russia’s Avangard missile system can devastate US defences, The National Interest says

Russia’s Avangard missile system can devastate US defences, The National Interest says. This US magazine, specialised in security, published a text by publicist Peter Suciu about what the creation of the Russian hypersonic unit Avangard means for the US. The author of the publication mentions that Avangard has hypersonic speed and is able to maneuver in the atmosphere. It quotes China’s official stance, that the Avangard equipped with nuclear heads can “devastate” US defences.

Disproof

This is a deliberate distortion of the original article in The National Interest, titled “Is the Russian Avangard Hypersonic ICBM a Serious Threat?”, where author Peter Suciu says that it is “reported [for the Avangard] to have both hypersonic speed and an ability to fly a ‘maneuvering’ flight path through the atmosphere”, but, contrary to the claim, he doesn’t affirm it himself. Also, the alleged quote about China’s official stance is also manipulated: it is a reference to a previous article in The Eurasian Times where China praises the capabilities of the missile, but where the description of its “devastating” effects is done by a Russian military official, Major General Vladimir Popov, not by the Chinese authorities.

Pro-Kremlin media frequently resort to this manipulative technique of quoting sentences from serious publications and then introducing a distorted message as if it was part of the original article, in this case to promote a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russia’s military might. See other examples in our database, such as false claims that British outlet The Guardian pointed to ruling elite as the real instigators of the racial crisis in the US and reported that the EU remained silent as the Europeans couldn’t buy food for the first time in 75 years; that Newsweek magazine explained how the US coup in Iran will end; that Soros’ structures in the media and think tanks saw an opportunity in the coronavirus pandemic to attack the “bad guys”; that the US National Counterintelligence and Security Centre put Wikileaks at the same threat level as jihadist organisations in its last report; or that the US special envoy for Syria admitted that Washington’s goal was to defend terrorists from Russian attacks.

US dirty war in Facebook against Venezuela, Bolivia and Mexico is a new Condor Plan

Facebook removed dozens of accounts, Instagram pages and fake profiles linked to the US company CLS Strategies that pretended to be local pages from Mexico, Bolivia and Venezuela while promoting disaffection against progressive rulers and an image of governmental chaos in those countries. Disinformation, essential to manipulate citizens, has become a very powerful weapon, one that the US has used and still uses shamelessly. The goal was to weaken or overthrow these progressive governments, as the US has wanted for years, and promote the Bolivian government resulting of the coup carried out by Jeanine Áñez. This US dirty war on Facebook against Venezuela, Bolivia and Mexico is a new ‘Condor Plan’ to dominate Latin America again.

Disproof

Though the information on the CLS Strategies network is correct, as confirmed by Facebook and the Stanford Internet Observatory, the comparison with the so-called Condor Plan is not. CLS Strategies is a private company and was hired in this capacity by the Bolivian government and private citizens of Venezuela and Mexico, and there is no evidence that it was acting on behalf of the US government.

This is part of a recurrent Russian disinformation narrative about constant US plots to undermine Latin American governments. You can see many examples in our database, such as an alleged CIA-led Twitter campaign and a hybrid war in Bolivia, the engineering of blackouts all over Latin America, the promotion of secessionism in Mexico or Venezuela, the training of Venezuelan exiles in Guyana for military operations inside the country or preparations for a military intervention in that country after forcing Brazil to join NATO.