Russians spreading fake news about Oxford vaccine

Online disinformation campaign targets countries where Russia’s immunisation jab is being marketed

Coronavirus vaccine
A volunteer receives the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, developed in Russia
(Image credit: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty)

Russian officials have been involved in spreading false reports that a British-made Covid-19 vaccine in the final stage of testing could turn people into monkeys, an investigation has found.

The injection, developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, uses a virus found in chimpanzees to prime the human immune system with deactivated proteins from the new coronavirus.

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