Scepticism in Western countries around Russia’s vaccine reflects politics not science – the Sputnik V vaccine has the highest protection against symptomatic disease of any covid-19 vaccine
By Graham Lawton
he Sputnik V covid-19 vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, has been subject to scepticism since August 2020, when it became the first registered covid-19 vaccine in any country. In October 2021, UK newspaper The Sun ran a story alleging that Russian spies had stolen the formula for the Oxford/Astra Zeneca covid-19 vaccine and used it to create Sputnik V.
The claim was tiresomely familiar …