Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has dismissed a report in the Times newspaper accusing Russia of disinformation about the UK’s Oxford University Covid vaccine.
Peskov responded by accusing a whole series of countries, including the UK – who he called “competitors” in the vaccine field – of disinformation against Russia.
“Russia is not ‘disinforming’ anyone. Russia speaks proudly of its successes. Russia shares its successes with the first vaccine registered in the world, whose effectiveness has been proven many time,” he told the BBC.
He said Russia had documents of intent to produce or sell its vaccine in a whole series of countries, and “of course, Russia is not skimping on information about the advantages of its own vaccine” in those markets.
He said the advantages of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine had “clearly been acknowledged in a huge number of countries” and so warned that such “attempts at disinformation [against Russia] are not achieving their aim”.
It comes after Russia recorded 15,150 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, up from 13,754 the previous day, and an additional 232 deaths.