Sources allegedly told ministers they had evidence that spies working for the Kremlin stole the blueprint for the Oxford / AstraZeneca Covid jab from the multinational pharmaceutical company
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The blueprint for the Oxford / AstraZeneca life-saving jab was reportedly stolen by Russian spies who used it to make their Sputnik V-Jab.
Security sources reportedly told ministers that they have evidence that Kremlin spies stole the blueprint for Covid vaccination and used it to develop their own vaccine.
It is believed that the blueprint and important information were personally stolen by a foreign agent, The sun reported.
Vladimir Putin says he received Sputnik V and asked other Russians to be stung – but the vaccination has not yet been approved internationally, even though 70 countries have signed it.
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In September, the results of two early clinical studies, conducted in Moscow and published in the UK’s The Lancet, indicated that Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine, which uses technology similar to the Oxford jab, was safe and effective was.
The Russian scientists behind the studies said the vaccination stimulated an immune response in all vaccinated participants and did not cause serious health problems.
The production of antibodies in the patients indicated that the vaccine was able to prepare the body to fight off Covid-19.
Independent Western scientists said the results were “somewhat reassuring,” but warned that the studies were too small and narrow to warrant injecting millions of Russians.
Only 76 people were involved in the study, only half of whom were actually stung, and the volunteers were all healthy, mostly between 20 and 30 years old.
The studies took place in two hospitals in Moscow, Burdenko Hospital and Sechenov University Hospital.
A spokesman for the World Health Organization said Friday that the health agency was “close” to solving the problems with Sputnik V without giving a date for a possible emergency list.
“We solve most problems slowly,” said Fadela Chaib at a briefing in Geneva.
Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said last week that all obstacles to registering the vaccine with the WHO had been removed and that only a few formalities remained.
Sputnik V is also still waiting for approval from the European Medicines Agency before all travel restrictions for people vaccinated with the Russian formula can be lifted.