EU report accuses Russia and China of instilling distrust in western vaccines


Brussels — Russian and Chinese media are trying to systematically instill distrust of the Western COVID-19 vaccine in a recent disinformation campaign aimed at dividing the West, a European report said Wednesday. Stated.

From December to April, EU state media pushed fake news online in multiple languages, sensationally addressing vaccine safety concerns, and between jabs and deaths in Europe, according to an EU study. Created an unfounded link to promote Russian and Chinese vaccines as excellent.

The Kremlin and Beijing have denied all allegations of disinformation by the EU. The EU produces regular reports and works with Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft to limit the spread of fake news.

Vaccine diplomacy between Russia and China “follows zero-sum game logic, combined with disinformation and manipulation efforts to undermine confidence in Western vaccines,” said Block’s disinformation unit, which is part of the EEAS foreign policy sector. Said an EU study published by.

“Both Russia and China are using social media, including state media, networks of proxy media outlets, and official diplomatic social media accounts, to achieve these goals,” said Russia’s 100 this year. The report states, citing an example of.

The EU and NATO regularly blame Russia for secret actions, including disinformation, in an attempt to destabilize the West by abusing social divisions.

“Factually unfounded disinformation reports are an example of disinformation in their own right,” a Chinese delegation to the EU said in a statement dated Thursday in response to the report.

Russia denied such a tactic, and President Vladimir Putin accused foreign enemies of targeting Russia by spreading fake news about the coronavirus.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin is listening to Russian Direct Investment Fund Secretary-General Krill Dmitriev in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia, on April 2, 2021. (Alexei Druzhinin / Sputnik, Kremlin pool photo via AP)

According to the report, AstraZeneca’s vaccine supply problems and the very rare side effects of AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are occurring.

“Both official Chinese channels and pro-Kremlin media have amplified content on suspected side effects of Western vaccines, misrepresented and sensationalized international media coverage, and Pfizer / in Norway, Spain and elsewhere. We have associated death with the BioNTech vaccine, “the report said.

Last year, China sought to thwart EU reports claiming that Beijing was spreading disinformation about the outbreak of the coronavirus, according to a Reuters survey.

The EU is no longer vaccinating 450 million citizens as fast as the UK, which is no longer a member of the block, but is led by US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. Is currently speeding up.

“Brexit has saved Britain from the’vaccine turmoil’that involves the EU,” Russian media reported. “Such a story shows an effort to divide within the EU,” he added.

Oxford / AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine at Vaccine Center in Antwerp
An empty vial of the Oxford / AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will be found at the Vaccine Center in Antwerp, Belgium, on March 18, 2021. (YvesHerman / Reuters)

In the report, it was released online https://euvsdisinfo.euThe EU said Russia’s official Sputnik V Twitter account aims to undermine public confidence in the European Medicines Agency.

Sputnik V replied that the disinformation campaign was against Russia and its vaccines, not the other way around.

The Twitter account is managed by the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a Russian sovereign wealth fund responsible for marketing and promoting the Sputnik V vaccine.

Meanwhile, China advertises the vaccine as a “public good of the world” and “presents it more suitable for developing and Western Balkan countries,” the report said. Western Balkans are considered future EU member states.

Robin Emot

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