An annual report from the US Department of Health and Human Services released in January said officials had worked to dissuade Latin American countries from accepting aid from “ill-intentioned states,” including Russia, Cuba. and Venezuela.
Brazil, with a population of 212 million, has counted nearly 280,000 deaths from coronaviruses, the second-highest death toll in the world behind the U.S. The country’s second wave fueled by at least one new strain twice as contagious as the original claims an average of over 1,800 deaths per day.
The Russian Direct Investment Fund took to Twitter to identify the HHS snippet and accuse the United States of waging an anti-Sputnik V campaign.
« We believe that countries must work together to save lives. Efforts to undermine vaccines are unethical and cost lives“He declared via the official Sputnik V account.
The Kremlin on Tuesday called foreign pressure against the use of Russian-made Covid-19 vaccines “selfish” and said it was promoting “as many vaccines as possible” on the market. However, it did not deal specifically with the US report.
RDIF made the remarks two days after the Brazilian Ministry of Health signed a contract buy 10 million doses of Sputnik V to be administered between April and June.
A Brazilian pharmaceutical company is also expected to manufacture Sputnik V under an earlier deal later in 2021.
On Monday, Brazilian Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said the country had ordered 100 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine and an additional 38 million of the Johnson & Johnson single-injection vaccine.
Pazuello said Brazil had obtained more than half a billion doses of the vaccine by the end of 2021.
The latest controversy over U.S. efforts to dissuade Brazil from buying Sputnik V comes amid accusations by Russia and the United States of disinformation campaigns against coronavirus vaccines. The Kremlin said on Friday that Western media were preparing reports of Sputnik V’s ineffectiveness with “organized mass deaths.”