Putin Officials Claim COVID Vaccines Are Not Stolen

(FreedomBeacon.com)- Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin have hit back at suggestions that they may have embedded a spy in the United Kingdom to steal intellectual property and data revealing the blueprint of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine.

The accusation comes from British security sources who say that they have evidence that Moscow planted a mole to steal the design of the British-made vaccine. It comes after scientists revealed that the Sputnik V vaccine, the first COVID-19 vaccine to be rolled out in the world, is strangely similar to the one developed by the British.

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for President Putin, said that it is “unscientific” to claim that the Sputnik vaccine is taken from the British vaccine. The RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, also added that it is “unethical” to claim that the country embedded a spy in the UK.

It wouldn’t be the first time that Russia engaged in espionage, would it?

In a statement, the RDIF outlined a number of differences between the two vaccines. Notably, the organization claims that the Sputnik V vaccine uses a “human adenoviral platform” whereas the AstraZeneca vaccine utilizes a “chimpanzee adenoviral vector.” RDIF says that Russia could therefore not have taken the blueprints to the vaccine, and that the two teams were conducting clinical trials at the same time.

But it wouldn’t stop them from taking British technology and incorporating it into their existing trials and experiments, would it?

Damian Hinds, a British Home Office minister, didn’t deny the report but didn’t offer any comment on the reports. He told the press that it is “fair to assume” that there are foreign states that would “like to get their hands on sensitive information” including intellectual property and scientific secrets.

What reason does any Western nation have to believe anything Vladimir Putin has to say?