Disinfo: Western politicians attitude towards Sputnik V feeds vaccine hesitancy in Russia


By shutting out travelers immunized with Sputnik V, the EU is helping undermine Russia’s vaccination drive by feeding domestic doubts.


The perceived legitimacy of Russia’s vaccines will still be inextricably tied to its reception in the West, which has viewed Sputnik V almost exclusively through a one-sided political lens. Now, it is up to regulators and politicians in the West to decide whether they are content to keep fueling skepticism abroad, and potentially undermine the efforts to save lives.


An unfounded claim, blaming Western governments and politicians for feeding into vaccine hesitancy in Russia. This claim is not supported by any facts.

There is no evidence of the EU or its regulatory bodies' bias against the Russian vaccine. The European Medicines Agency launched the rolling review of Sputnik V vaccine on 4 March 2021.

According to reporting by Reuters, the developer of Sputnik V missed a recent deadline of June 10, 2021 to submit required data, which may delay the approval process.

The EMA is committed to applying the same regulatory approach and scientific rigour to all vaccine applications that meet European requirements for safety, efficacy and quality and is in dialogue with more than 50 vaccine developers from across the globe.

According to reports in the international media, the slow roll-out of the vaccine campaign in Russia is a combination of insufficient production facilities, logistical problems and lack of trust in the state.

Russian authorities is not allowing the use of foreign vaccines in Russia and have even systematically attempted to discredit the Pfizer and the AstraZeneca vaccines.

See earlier related disinformation claims, alleging that Europe is delaying registration of Sputnik V; Western big pharma is waging a disinformation campaign against Sputnik V; Registration of Sputnik V in the EU is voluntary delayed for political or economic reasons.


  • Reported in: Issue 249
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/06/2021
  • Article language(s) English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, EU
  • Keywords: coronavirus, vaccination, RT, Sputnik V
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Syrian war and the belligerent intentions of the West towards Syria.

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Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that Ukraine is a state supporting terrorism and that the Ukrainian government assumed power after the coup d'etat.

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The scandals linked to the discrimination against the Russian language permanently happen in the Baltic states and, especially, in Latvia.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on the Baltic countries, accusing them of violation of human rights of the Russian-speaking minority.

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