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UK Has No Evidence of Damage From Russia's Alleged Meddling in Vaccine Research, Minister Says

© REUTERS / Dado RuvicA small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine" sticker is held near a medical syringe in front of displayed "Coronavirus COVID-19" words in this illustration taken April 10, 2020.
A small bottle labeled with a Vaccine sticker is held near a medical syringe in front of displayed Coronavirus COVID-19 words in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. - Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - UK Minister of State for Security James Brokenshire said on Friday that the United Kingdom does not have any evidence that alleged Russian cyberattacks had hindered the process of development of the COVID-19 vaccine.

"We have no evidence of information of any damage or any sort of harm in that way but that still is completely unacceptable," Brokenshire told Sky News broadcaster.

However, the minister expressed confidence that Russian intelligence services were behind these attacks.

Safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19 at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle - Sputnik International
UN Has No Information on Alleged Russia Hack Attack Targeting COVID-19 Vaccine, Spokesman Says
On Thursday, UK officials said a joint operation with the US and Canada had uncovered a cyber campaign to steal vaccine research. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab blamed Russian intelligence services for the attack, something vehemently denied by the Kremlin.

Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in the hacking of Western pharmaceutical companies or other entities involved in vaccine research.

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