Russian government spies have stolen the UK's COVID-19 vaccine formula to create its own vaccine, Sputnik V, according to a new report in the British newspaper Sun. The brief, which comes from anonymous British officials, alleges that a Russian agent stole the information "in person".
"Russia stole the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine formula and used it to help develop its own vaccine," the ministers said. "The security services say they have evidence that one of Vladimir Putin's spies stole the vital information."
The report does not provide further details on the alleged espionage, other than an earlier report that Russian hackers attempted to steal information about vaccines from Western companies in 2020. And the report does not explain why "stealing" information about a vaccine could be something bad, as the pandemic will only end when almost everyone is vaccinated, according to the World Health Organization.
When the pandemic first broke out in 2020, global cooperation on the COVID-19 vaccine was said to be far more important than corporate secrecy in the pharmaceutical industry.
The British vaccine COVID-19, developed in collaboration between the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, has been released in more than 100 countries to combat the pandemic and is safe and effective.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is one of the most widely used vaccines in the world due to the fact that it does not require deep freeze storage temperatures like the Pfizer vaccine. About 3 billion doses of AstraZeneca will be administered by the end of this year, according to the pharmaceutical company.
Russia's Sputnik V vaccine has been released in more than 60 countries and has been shown to be safe and effective in preventing symptomatic diseases. But the World Health Organization has not yet given its approval to the Sputnik vaccine, leading wealthy Russians to seek Western vaccines that will allow them to travel more freely internationally. THE European Medicines Agency has also not acknowledged taking Sputnik, which means that many Russians who have been vaccinated cannot travel to Europe.
Russia has struggled with the circulation of its vaccines within the country and has fully vaccinated only 31% of its population. The country has recently seen a huge increase in cases, with daily cases reaching levels not seen since December 2020. Russia reported more than 27.000 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday and 949 new deaths from the disease.
Why bother if something like this has really happened? Why bother someone who "stole" health care information with the sole purpose of making its population healthier? Russia did not steal nuclear codes. They allegedly stole some information on how to make a vaccine to end a very serious pandemic.
Source of information: gizmodo.com