The press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov criticized an article in the British edition of the Sun, which says that the Russian special services allegedly stole the formula of the coronavirus vaccine from AstraZeneca to create their own drug "Sputnik V".
"Listen, the Sun newspaper is a very well-known, deeply non-scientific newspaper. Well, that's probably how we treat these publications," the Kremlin representative said.
Earlier, an article appeared in the British tabloid The Sun, which claimed that Russian spies allegedly stole the formula of the vaccine against the coronavirus "Sputnik V" from the pharmaceutical company Oxford / AstraZeneca. It was noted that the British special services have the relevant evidence.
According to the publication, the British side warned earlier about attempts by Russian hackers in the service of Moscow to extract information from foreign laboratories that were working on the creation of vaccines against COVID.
Sputnik V and AstraZeneca are two-component vector vaccines based on adenoviruses. However, the Russian drug contains human adenoviruses, and the British vaccine contains chimpanzee adenovirus.