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Kremlin: Allegation Russia trying to discredit western vaccines 'absurd'

Kremlin: Allegation Russia trying to discredit western vaccines 'absurd'
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A spokesperson for the Kremlin on Tuesday denied allegations from the White House that Russia has been working to discredit western coronavirus vaccines, calling it "absurd."

“We have always been against politicizing issues related to vaccines. Russia has never participated and does not intend to participate in such campaigns against other vaccines,” Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, told Reuters. “All these statements are absurd, have no basis in fact, and we really regret that anyone would take such statements seriously."

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A State Department official also reportedly identified four small Russian online publications, accusing them of spreading misleading claims related to western COVID-19 vaccines and attempting to question their efficacy.

“Russian intelligence services bear direct responsibility for using these four platforms to spread propaganda and lies,” a State department spokesperson said. “From the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, we have seen Russia’s disinformation ecosystem develop and spread false narratives around the crisis.”

Russia's Sputnik coronavirus vaccine has been authorized for use in 46 countries and could soon be produced in western Europe, according to Reuters.