British media dreamed up a Russian spy raid to steal the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine formula.

British media dreamed up a Russian spy raid to steal the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine formula.

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The British press backed down after the publication of the scandalous accusation of Russia of stealing the formula of the British coronavirus vaccine. Information about plagiarism appeared in the tabloid The Sun on Sunday evening, and on Monday it quickly spread to other English publications.

The publication actually told about a special spy operation to steal the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine formula, which the Russian government was aware of. This story was picked up by English fans of the “high-like” rhetoric.

The outright lies were immediately reacted by the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

“The Sun is yet another fake news and blatant lie based on anonymous sources. The story, created by the tabloid The Sun, is being promoted by opponents of the success of one of the most effective and safe vaccines against COVID-19 in the world, ”the RDIF said.

Its representatives sent out an explanatory message to the guilty publications. The British reaction was not long in coming. The first was the Daily Express.

“An article dated October 11, 2021, erroneously assumed that” According to new data, Russia copied the formula of the AstraZeneca vaccine and used it to create its own vaccine. ” However, information has reached us that this is false information, since the information about the developer of the Sputnik V vaccine is the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology named after V.I. Gamalei is widely known, ”the newspaper’s refutation says.

The publication also cited a statement by the RDIF, where they clearly explained what the difference is between the British development and the Russian one.

“To quickly create a Russian vaccine against COVID-19, Sputnik V’s developers have used the same human adenovirus platform that has been used in their earlier research over the years, including Ebola vaccines in 2017 and MERS in 2019. On the contrary, AstraZeneca uses a chimpanzee adenovirus vector for its vaccine, rather than the human vector used by Sputnik V, according to a report by the RDIF published by the British newspaper.

The rest of the publications have not yet provided refutations.

By the way, back in the spring of this year, Russian scientists themselves laughed at the story that Sputnik V was born only thanks to Russian hackers who stole a plan to create a British vaccine AstraZeneca. This, in particular, was told by the director of the Gamaleya Center Alexander Gintsburg.

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