Russia accused of using spies to steal AstraZeneca’s formula (and create its Sputnik V)

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Russia is being accused of having used spies in the UK to copy the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine project and create its own vaccine, Sputnik V.

O The Sun writes that Russia is being accused of having used spies in uk to copy the British Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine project and create its own vaccine, Sputnik V. Security services say they have evidence that one of Vladimir Putin’s spies stole crucial data about the drug.

The Russian vaccine uses technology similar to the vaccine designed in Oxford and British security services say they are now sure that the vaccine was copied.

A spy will have been sent to the UK and will have managed to steal a project “top secret” of the British pharmacist. It is not known, however, whether laboratory documents or a sample of the drug for analysis were stolen.

Last year, the late security minister James Brokenshire said the UK had “more than 95% sure” that the hackers Russian state-sponsored attacks had targeted the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada in attacks on pharmaceutical companies.

On Monday, Interior Minister Damian Hinds refused to confirm the latest reports, but admitted that cyber attacks were becoming more sophisticated. “We live in a world where there is state activity that seeks to engage in industrial and economic espionage,” he said, speaking to LBC.

I will not comment on the specific case that you mentioned because that wouldn’t be right, but it’s fair to say that we’re facing threats of this kind that are different, that are more sophisticated, that are more extensive than they ever were,” he added.

Ambas as vacinas – Oxford / AstraZeneca e Sputnik V – are viral vector, which means that another type of modified virus is used to introduce part of the genetic material of the new coronavirus into the body and induce the immune system’s response. The two vaccines were designed to take two doses.

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