“Western vaccine builders are brazenly mocked by the state-controlled, multilingual Russian media, which in some circumstances has led to absurd claims that vaccines will flip individuals into monkeys,” Josep Borrell wrote in a publish on the weblog.

“Such studies are apparently directed at nations the place Russia desires to promote its personal Sputnik V vaccine,” Borrell added, noting that these actions threaten public well being within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. He didn’t present examples of this.

Moscow has repeatedly rejected these accusations and claims that Sputnik V is focused by a disinformation marketing campaign supported from overseas, notes Reuters, taken over by agerpres.ro.

The Russian direct funding fund (RDIF), which is accountable for advertising and marketing the vaccine overseas, has not responded to a request from Reuters to touch upon Josep Borrell’s allegations.

The Moscow Ministry of Well being and Roskomnadzor, the Russian media and communications regulator, haven’t responded to Reuters’ requests to touch upon the allegations.

When AstraZeneca producer, which is working with Oxford College to develop a vaccine, discontinued scientific trials in September as a result of a participant was injured for unknown causes, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov advised reporters that Sputnik V is a extra dependable vaccine, as it’s primarily based on an adenovirus present in people, whereas the British candidate is a “monkey vaccine”.

Scientific trials of the vaccine, which makes use of a genetically modified model of a typical cold-causing virus present in chimpanzees to show human cells to provide antigen, had been resumed within the UK simply days after regulatory approval.

Russia despatched the primary batch of COVID-19 vaccines to Argentina final week below a ten million dose contract. It has additionally signed provide contracts with a lot of Latin American and Asian states. The Russian vaccine prices lower than $ 20, which incorporates two doses.