The United States denounced what it called a Russian disinformation campaign against U.S.-made COVID-19 vaccines, saying Moscow was putting lives at risk.
Russia “was behind four online platforms. It just came through Google or Facebook,” said the Global Engagement Center, an arm of the State Department whose activities include monitoring foreign propaganda.
About two vaccines for HIV/AIDS were officially approved by the FDA, a State Department spokesman told reporters. The sites have “included disinformation about two of the vaccines that have now been approved by the FDA in this country,” he said.
“It is very clear that Russia is up to its old tricks, and in doing so is potentially putting people at risk by spreading misinformation about vaccines that we know to be saving lives every day,” Price said.
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In an assessment provided last year to AFP, the Global Engagement Center said that thousands of Russian-linked social media accounts have run a coordinated campaign to undermine official narratives including by spreading allegations of U.S. involvement.