US spotlight on online publication allegedly run by Intelligence service

March 8th 2021The US has identified three online publications directed by Russia’s intelligence services, that it says are seeking to undermine CoronaVirus vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna.

A State Department spokeswoman said on Sunday, the outlets spread many types of disinformation, including about both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, as well as international organizations, military conflicts, demonstrations, and any divisive issue that they can exploit.

Russia approved its Sputnik V vaccine in August, before a large-scale trial had begun, saying it was the first country to do so for a COVID-19 shot. 

Peer-reviewed trials months later proved it was almost 92% effective in fighting the virus.

Pfizer, headquartered in New York, and Germany’s BioNTech, produced the first vaccine that was authorized in the United States, which regulators approved in December.

The second, made by Moderna, headquartered in Massachusetts, was authorized later that month.

The State Department’s Global Engagement Center, set up to counter propaganda and disinformation campaigns, identified the three outlets, the spokeswoman said.

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