Disinfo: Western media are conducting a propaganda campaign to discredit Russian and Chinese vaccines

Summary

Western media are conducting a far-reaching propaganda campaign to discredit Russian and Chinese vaccines simply because the vaccines are Russian and Chinese.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on coronavirus aiming to promote the Sputnik V vaccine and to present Russia as a 'leader in COVID-19 management'.

It is not true that Western media conduct campaigns to discredit Russian and Chinese vaccines and it is not true, as the article hints, that the only vaccines really available are Russian and Chinese.

Companies developing the vaccine in the West adhere to standard testing procedure, which usually involves years of research and testing before reaching the clinic, but scientists are now aiming to produce a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine by next year.

On the other hand, 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.

Read similar cases claiming that ugly commercial interests are behind the criticism of the Russian vaccine, that UK’s smear campaign aims to discredit Russia’s vaccine and that the West criticises the Russian coronavirus vaccine because it can’t accept Russia’s primacy.

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  • Reported in: Issue 223
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Italian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: China, Russia
  • Keywords: Sputnik V, vaccination, West, Propaganda, Media
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Disproof

Recurring Russian disinformation about alleged Ukrainian attempts to exploit the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis by taking with force Donbas and Crimea.

There is no link between the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the war in Ukraine. The recent escalation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region is a continuation of the decades-old conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, while the war in Eastern Ukraine is a well-documented act of ongoing aggression by Russian armed forces, since February 2014.

Disinfo: Biden won the election due to serious violations

The American electoral system was established with one goal, which is to strengthen the two-party system, by which the struggle for administrative influence in the country is fought. This time, the Republicans lost the fight. And the fact that serious violations were committed in a number of major states, shifting the result sharply in the direction of Joe Biden, and the inability to prevent them, indicates that the Democrats won this internal struggle. But the most important thing is that the “smell” of Biden’s victory will haunt him for the four years. The scale of electoral violations is so great that it will chase him anywhere.

Disproof

The story is part of an emerging pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative seeking to delegitimise the conduct and results of the 2020 US Presidential election.

So far no evidence of massive fraud has been presented except rumours. Several reliable sources debunked the massive fraud claims: the BBC, The Guardian, the New York Times, Forbes, Le Monde.

Disinfo: No evidence of Trump collusion with Russia

Over the years of Trump’s presidency, Democrats have tried to accuse him of collaborating with Russia, and they looked for evidence of that, and never found it.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation denying Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Available evidence suggests that Russian meddling the 2016 US presidential poll - which specifically aimed to damage Clinton's campaign and aid her opponent - did affect the outcome of the vote, particularly in three critical swing states where Trump's victory margins were the thinnest.