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Kremlin says pressure on countries to reject Russia's Sputnik V vaccine is unprecedented

Kremlin says pressure on countries to reject Russia's Sputnik V vaccine is unprecedented

FILE PHOTO: A shipment of doses of the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is seen after arriving at Ezeiza International Airport, in Buenos Aires, Argentina January 28, 2021. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

MOSCOW: The Kremlin said on Tuesday (Mar 16) that pressure on some countries to refuse to buy Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 was at unprecedented levels but had no chance of succeeding.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov made the remarks when asked to comment on a US government report which appeared to show that the United States had tried to dissuade Brazil from buying Sputnik V.

The report, published on the website of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), detailed the work of the US Office of Global Affairs (OGA) in "combating malign influences in the Americas".

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The report outlined the agency's diplomatic efforts to counter what it described as attempts by countries, including Russia, to increase their influence in the region, to the detriment of US safety and security.

"Examples include using OGA's Health Attache office to persuade Brazil to reject the Russian COVID-19 vaccine," the government report said.

Kremlin spokesman Peskov declined to comment specifically on the report but said Russia was against politicising the situation around vaccines.

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"In many countries the scale of pressure is quite unprecedented ... such selfish attempts to force countries to abandon any vaccines have no prospects," he said.

"We believe that there should be as many doses of vaccines as possible so that all countries, including the poorest, have the opportunity to stop the pandemic," Peskov said.

The US Embassy in Moscow referred a request for comment to the US Department of State. The department did not immediately respond.

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Source: Reuters/ga


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