‘It’s scientific nonsense’: Russia denies claims it stole Covid vaccine blueprint from the UK - (CNBC via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Russia has denied accusations claiming that Russian spies stole the "blueprint" for the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and used it to create its own Sputnik V shot, with the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund calling the claims "scientific nonsense," CNBC reported.

  • According to reports in the British press this week, UK security services told British ministers they had proof that Russia stole the blueprint for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and used it to create Sputnik V.

  • "There is no merit [to these claims] and we’re very clear about this," said Kirill Dmitriev, head of the country’s sovereign wealth fund, RDIF. "This report is a complete scientific nonsense, it has zero merit and frankly it’s a lie."

  • Dmitriev insisted that the developers of Sputnik V wanted to partner with other vaccine producers and cited a joint clinical trial taking place with AstraZeneca (to determine if mixed vaccine doses work), noting "we believe in a joint approach to working with other vaccine producers and Sputnik V is a partner to other vaccines."

  • Dmitriev said that Russia expects Sputnik V to be approved by the end of the year and that he hopes the one-shot Sputnik Light could soon be used as a booster shot in conjunction with other vaccines.

  • "We’ve seen very positive signals from the WHO lately and they really appreciate what we are doing ... ‘Sputnik Light’ can be a booster to other vaccines such as AstraZeneca and Moderna to many other vaccines, so we believe in a very positive solution with the WHO as early as the fall ... definitely we expect an approval very soon," he said.

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