The Russian spy has stolen the vaccine plan, as a result of which Russian President Vladimir Putin was able to be proud of the “Sputnik V” Covid-19 vaccine suspiciously similar to the “AstraZeneca” vaccine and win the “competition to create the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine”.
According to security sources, there is evidence that a spy from Moscow was able to “infiltrate” and physically steal the secret vaccine plan, but it is not clear whether a document was stolen from AstraZeneca’s laboratory or factory, or a vial of ready-made vaccine smuggled out of country and Russia analyzed.
The plan could have been stolen in the first phase of the trial
British Home Secretary Demian Hinds told the media that the information could not be commented on, but did not deny it: “It is understandable to assume that there are definitely foreigners who constantly want to obtain secret information, including commercial information, scientific secrets and intellectual property.”
The British Intelligence Agency, also known as MI5, has previously reported repeated attempts by Russian hackers to carry out cyber-attacks on Oxford University after March 2020, about a month after British scientists announced the start of vaccine development.
It is known that in April last year, the University of Oxford, in cooperation with AstraZeneca, announced the launch of the first human trials of the vaccine. Already the following month, Moscow announced that it had developed its own vaccine, and already in August, Putin, presenting Sputnik V, announced that Russia had become the first country to develop a Covid-19 vaccine.
Later, it turned out that Sputnik V works exactly like the British vaccine. Both vaccines have been developed using adenoviral vector technology.
The vaccine development schedule suggests that Moscow may have misappropriated the British vaccine plan during the first phase of clinical trials of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
This raises the question of how experienced this Russian spy has been and whether he has been detained. Sources told the British newspaper The Sun that British ministers had been provided with evidence that spies working for the Kremlin had stolen a vaccine project from the pharmaceutical company Covid-19 to develop their own vaccine.
Moscow publishes very limited data on vaccine trials
Bob Silly, a Member of Parliament for the United Kingdom and an expert on Russian affairs, said that information about possible espionage from Russia and China should be taken seriously: wise. “
The results of two early clinical trials in Moscow last September, published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, showed that a Russian vaccine against Covid-19 using a technology similar to that made by Oxford researchers was safe and effective.
Independent Western scientists have reported that the data obtained on the Sputnik V vaccine are “somewhat reassuring”, but the vaccine is still being tested on too small and narrow a circle of people, thus not justifying the extensive Russian vaccination campaign, in which millions were vaccinated with Sputnik V.
Only 76 people took part in the study, of whom only half received the vaccine. The study participants were mostly healthy people aged 20 to 30 years.
It is known that last year, when Russia was accused of stealing a vaccine formula developed by Oxford University researchers, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “The British say they are 95 per cent sure of what they say. Why not 96 per cent? Or 94 per cent? It seems that their security services have very unique calculation methods. “
Not only Russians are interested in the vaccine formula
North Korean hackers have also been accused of trying to steal AstraZeneca’s vaccine plan. Hackers who have operated on LinkedIn and WhatsApp have approached AstraZeneca employees with fake job offers, Reuters reported.
Documents were then sent to employees of the pharmaceutical company, which were ostensibly job descriptions, but in fact the hackers intended to access the victims’ computers through these files.
It is believed that North Korean hackers tried to gain access to the classified information of several employees involved in the research, but the attempts were ultimately unsuccessful.
It is known that the World Health Organization (WHO) has suspended the approval process for the Russian Covid-19 vaccine “Sputnik V” because an inspection at one of the factories manufacturing the vaccine revealed that this factory was not following good manufacturing practices.
Vaccines manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer (the latter together with BioNTech in Germany), Jannsen and AstraZeneca in Europe, Sinopharm and Sinovac in China, and India have now been approved by the WHO for emergency use. Serum Institute of India “.
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