Russia “stole the AstraZeneca project to create the Sputnik vaccine”: the accusation of international spies

Russia “stole the AstraZeneca project to create the Sputnik vaccine”: the accusation of international spies
Russia “stole the AstraZeneca project to create the Sputnik vaccine”: the accusation of international spies

The Oxford project /AstraZeneca has been «stolen from Russia» per create your own vaccine Sputnik V: this was revealed by some international spy sources, convinced that they have evidence that the Russian spies who worked for the Kremlin had stolen the vaccine project from the pharmaceutical multinational to start their own vaccine. The project and the information would have been stolen from «a foreign agent himself“: it reports the tabloid The Sun. The allegations come a few months after the president Vladimir Putin confirmed that he had received Sputnik V, while urging the Russians themselves to get vaccinated.

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In September, the results of two first clinical trials conducted in Moscow and published in the prestigious British journal The Lancet indicated that the Russian Covid-19 vaccine, which uses technology similar to the Oxford vaccine, is «safe and effective». The Russian scientists behind the studies ensured that the vaccine stimulated an immune response in all participants and did not cause any serious health problems. Independent Western scientists said the results were “rather reassuring” but warned that the evidence was too much «small and cramped» to justify the injection to millions of Russians. Only 76 people were involved in the study and the volunteers were all healthy and mostly between 20 and 30 years old.

Scientists in the US and UK, who were not involved in the work, explained that the results are “encouraging”. However, they were still concerned about the quality of the research. The tests took place in two Moscow hospitals, the Burdenko Hospital and the Sechenov University Hospital. Participants were between the ages of 18 and 60, and all were believed to be healthy, with no underlying health conditions. In phase 1 of the study, volunteers were given part of the vaccine to see if they had any negative side effects.

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Almost 60% of the participants suffered from pain in the area of ​​the injection, while half suffered from high temperatures, which were considered mild and acceptable effects. Four out of 10 reported headaches, while a quarter felt weak or lacking in energy and 24% had muscle and joint pain. All of these symptoms were mild and fairly common in many other adenovirus vaccines, therefore «Sputnik V was found to be safe and well tolerated».

The study came after Putin confirmed that he had received Sputnik V. The Kremlin had previously claimed that Putin himself had received a two-dose vaccine in March and April, but did not provide further details and did not publish any pictures of him. received it. But Putin had officially guaranteed. «As you can see, everything is in order and thank God we don’t have such tragic situations after vaccinations», adding that 23 million of Russia’s over 144 million inhabitants have been vaccinated.

In July, Russian internet troll factories were accused of an anti-Pfizer Covid libel campaign by a report from the Network Contagion Research Institute. The document argued that the purpose of the disinformation campaign was to promote the country’s Sputnik V vaccine. Tactics used by the smear campaign included issuing and promoting Pfizer negative coverage and targeting specific countries. The report says that an unusual approach has seen Russian marketing companies go directly to popular figures to try to get them to take action on their Facebook and Instagram platforms.

The report said the Russian had also focused on spreading the messages to Brazil, India, Indonesia and Canada. This was due to the fact that they believed those countries were seen as potential export markets for Sputnik. The NCRI document continued: “In a blog post by the Council on Foreign Relations, members of Novetta, a disinformation monitoring company, revealed that in the fall of 2020, long before vaccine manufacturers released data to confirm the effectiveness of the vaccine, Sputnik V public opinion in Africa was suspiciously good. Analysis company Novetta also found that the Russian vaccine had the «second highest rate of positive citations (66%) in African media coverage and second lowest negative perception (11%)».

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