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Kremlin rejects Western allegations Russia tried to steal COVID-19 vaccine data

FILE PHOTO: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov smiles before the Victory Day Parade in Red Square in Moscow, Russia June 24, 2020. The military parade, marking the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, was scheduled for May 9 but postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Thursday rejected Western allegations Russia had tried to steal COVID-19 vaccine data, Russian news agencies reported.

Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre said earlier on Thursday that hackers backed by the Russian state were trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research from academic and pharmaceutical institutions around the world.

The United States and Canada made the same allegations.

TASS cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying Russia had nothing to do any alleged hacker attacks on pharmaceutical companies and research institutes in Britain.

RIA cited Peskov as saying the Kremlin rejected London’s allegations, which he said were not backed by proper evidence.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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