American officials said: The Russian intelligence agencies launched a campaign to undermine confidence in Pfizer and other Western vaccines CoronavirusIn recent months, using online publications I have questioned the development and safety of vaccines.
And theReported The Wall Street Journal, citing an official at the State Department’s Global Engagement Center, which monitors foreign disinformation efforts, said four online publications linked to Russian intelligence agencies spread false or misleading information about coronavirus vaccines.
The sites downplayed the risks of side effects of the vaccines, questioned their effectiveness, and said: The United States rushed to use the Pfizer vaccine through the approval process, among other false or misleading claims.
The sites, identified as New Eastern Outlook, Oriental Review, News Front and Rebel Inside, confirmed the side effects of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine in addition to vaccines from other Western pharmaceutical companies, raising concerns about whether the vaccines were effective or expedited. Through the US approval process.
The sites do not have a large audience, but US officials say: The sites pump false stories that can be amplified by Russian and other international media.
These sites usually focus on real news reports about rare side effects of vaccines, but fail to provide accurate context showing that vaccines are safe for most people.
A State Department spokesman told the Wall Street Journal: The Russian intelligence services bear direct responsibility for using these four platforms to spread propaganda and lies.
In addition to the campaign to discredit Western vaccines, Russian state media and Twitter accounts linked to the Russian government are also trying to promote the image of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
Russia announced in November that the Sputnik V vaccine had a 90 percent efficacy, but critics said that clinical trials of the vaccine on patients were too small.
However, the British medical journal The Lancet reported last month that widespread testing has found Sputnik V to be safe, and its effectiveness rate was 91 percent.
According to the Associated Press, only 4 million people in Russia – about 3 percent of the population – had been vaccinated as of late February.
The official of the Global Engagement Center said about the sites behind the disinformation campaign: We can say that these outlets are directly linked to the Russian intelligence services, and they are all foreign-owned and based outside the United States, and they differ greatly in their reach and audience, but they are all part of the Russian propaganda and information system. Misleading.