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Russian diplomat says a pity France failed to make its own COVID vaccine

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A healthcare worker shows a vial with Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, at a vaccination center in Moscow on July 2, 2021. (AFP photo)

Russia has expressed pity for France for failing to manufacture an effective coronavirus vaccine at a time of increased popularity of Russian and Chinese jabs in European countries.

In a Sunday post on Twitter, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that France has been trying to cover up its failure in developing a coronavirus vaccine by criticizing other countries for approving Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine.

“The efforts by a French company, which tried so hard, but was unable [to do this] have failed. We feel sorry for France’s failure,” wrote Zakharova.

The post came in response to remarks made earlier in the day by French Minister of State for European Affairs Clement Beaune who had criticized Greece for allowing the entry of passengers into its soil if they  have been inoculated against the coronavirus by Russian and Chinese vaccines.

Zakharova said Beaune’s remarks were reminiscent of “the spirit of neo-Nazi segregation” in Europe, adding that Paris was literally dictating other countries which vaccines they should use against the disease.

 “We condemn France for such discriminatory remarks of its high-ranking representative,” she said, adding that France had adopted an official line of attacking Russia and China for their scientific achievements.

The senior diplomat said that people like Beaune should fairly reveal the real intention behind their remarks which she said is to use “propaganda methods to counter the success of those states which have demonstrated to the world the achievements of their science.”

Zakharova reminded the fact that Marie Paule Kieny, who serves as the director at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research INSERM, has confirmed that Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is effective against the coronavirus.

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