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Russian Ambassador Rejects Virus Vaccine Hacking Claims

A subject receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine by Moderna for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, on March 16, 2020. Britain, the United States and Canada accused Russia on July 16, 2020, of trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine. (Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)

A subject receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine by Moderna for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, on March 16, 2020. Britain, the United States and Canada accused Russia on July 16, 2020, of trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine. (Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)

LONDON—Russias ambassador to Britain has rejected allegations that his countrys intelligence services sought to steal information about a coronavirus vaccine.

Andrei Kelin said in a BBC interview broadcast Sunday that there was “no sense” in the allegations made last week by the United States, Britain and Canada.

“I dont believe in this story at all, there is no sense in it,” he said when asked about the allegations. “I learned about their (the hackers) existence from British media. In this world, to attribute any kind of computer hackers to any country, it is impossible.”

Intelligence agencies in the U.S., Britain and Canada on Thursday accused the hacking group APT29—also known as Cozy Bear and believed to be part of Russian intelligence—of using malicious software to attack academic and pharmaceutical research institutions involved in COVID-19 vaccine development. It was unclear whether any useful informatioRead More – Source

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