Russian fake news outlets claim Oxford coronavirus vaccine turns people into MONKEYS

RUSSIA’S fake news factories are churning out bananas claims that the Oxford vaccine turns people into monkeys.

An investigation by The Times found memes, posters and videos depicting the British-made vaccine­ — set to be be distributed by Astrazeneca— as dangerous are flooding the internet.

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It’s thought to be a ploy targeting countries such as Brazil and India, where Russia wants to sell its own Putin-backed Sputnik V vaccine.

One poster featuring an image of King Kong wielding a syringe says: “Don’t worry, monkey vaccine is fine.”

Pascal Soriot, chief executive of Astrazenca, told The Times: “Misinformation is a clear risk to public health.

“I urge everyone to use reliable sources of information, to trust regulatory agencies and to remember the enormous benefit vaccines and medicines continue to bring to humanity.”

The disinformation campaign, which has featured Russia’s version of Newsnight, has dubbed Oxford’s work the “Monkey Vaccine” because it uses a chimpanzee virus as a vector.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation last night revealed that Covid-19 treatment Remdesivir, reportedly taken by President Trump, has no substantial effect on a patient’s chances of survival.

The new clinical trial showed the drug has little effect on how long patients stay in hospital.

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