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14 August 202016:09

Comment by the Russian Ambassador to Ireland Yuriy Filatov on the article “Russia May Be First Past the Finish Line in Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine” by Miceál O’Hurley, Diplomatic Editor (

It is true that recently US, Canada and UK have put forward a spate of stories about "Russian spies stealing vaccine research" in the West. Nothing new in that, but for a novel change in the British foreign secretary's language in trying to substantiate these claims, – this time it is "almost certain" instead of "highly likely".

What is certain, however, is that Russia has nothing to do with this story.

Moreover, it would be really difficult to explain such insinuations in light of remarkable advances in the development of an anti-Covid-19 vaccine in Russia.

It has been a matter of public record for some time now that the Moscow Institute of Virusology and Microbiology has already successfully concluded a set of human trials of the vaccine and is aiming at the early production of the much-needed anti-Covid-19 instrument. There are at least five other Russian research centres which are at more or less the same stage of the vaccine development.

On top of all that, Russia has consistently proposed to the international community to join the efforts in fighting the disease within the framework of wide international co-operation. We do not view the anti-COVID vaccine research in terms of a “race” between different nations to be first on the market. The effort is aimed to confront the disease early under strict scientific and sanitary regulations, making sure that the new vaccine is safe, effective and available for as wide population as possible.

Kind regards,

Yuriy Filatov,

Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Ireland


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