DISINFO: Western pretexts not to approve Sputnik V are false, this is negationism
  • Outlet: mundo.sputniknews.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: October 15, 2021
  • Article language(s): Spanish
  • Reported in: Issue 263
  • Countries / regions discussed: Russia
West Sputnik V coronavirus Anti-Russian Russophobia WHO

DISINFO: Western pretexts not to approve Sputnik V are false, this is negationism


Negationism of the Sputnik V vaccine is putting the West in a ridiculous situation. There is more and more evidence that Western arguments to not approve the Russian anti-covid vaccine are false. It is increasingly clear that the only possible motivations for the West to keep this situation are political, using alleged health pretexts that are fake. One of the strongest pieces of evidence is that the safety and efficacy of the Sputnik V was recognized by the World Health Organisation in October 2021.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about a global conspiracy to prevent the success of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. In fact, problems with inconsistent, problematic or missing data and lack of transparency have been regularly reported regarding Sputnik V, leading some international health regulators to mistrust it or consider the information about it insufficient.

Despite previous statements made by Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko claiming that all barriers to registering the vaccine with the WHO had been cleared, this international body affirmed again on 13 October 2021 -two days after the publication of this disinformation story- that the approval for the use of Sputnik V was still on hold pending some missing data and legal procedures, including regd. new inspections to manufacturing sites in Russia. Previously, a WHO visit to a factory in Ufa had led to the suspension of the approval of the Sputnik V after the mission identified several problems in the manufacture of the vaccine.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives about the Sputnik V vaccine in our database, such as claims that the process of recognising it is artificially delayed, that G20 countries recognised it as the best drug for coronavirus prevention, that the attitude of Western politicians towards it feeds vaccine hesitancy in Russia, that the West is waging a targeted campaign against this vaccine, or that there is a political-economical-viral alliance to prevent Sputnik V.


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