By Graham Lawton
Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund that backed the developers of the Sputnik V vaccine
Photo by Alexei Druzhinin/AP/Shutterstock
The Sputnik V covid-19 vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya Nationwide Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, has been subject to scepticism since August 2020, when it became the main registered covid-19 vaccine in any country. In October 2021, UK newspaper The Solar ran a memoir alleging that Russian spies had stolen the formula for the Oxford/Astra Zeneca covid-19 vaccine and mature it to create Sputnik V.
The speak used to be tiresomely familiar …