COVID-19: Russia Names First Vaccine Sputnik V After Satellite

Sputnik V is well on its way to becoming the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine to get registered.

Jessica David

August 12, 2020

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Russia is set to register its COVID-19 vaccine on August 12. Developed by Gamaleya Research Institute as well as the country’s defence ministry, Sputnik V is well on its way to becoming the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine to get registered. On Tuesday (August 11), President Vladimir Putin said that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing. Russia has named the vaccine Sputnik V as it signifies the success of the country in being the first to have a vaccine approved.

Why did Russia choose to name its vaccine after a cold-war era satellite? Back in 1947, Sputnik was the world’s first satellite that was launched by the Soviet Union (USSR). Some have pointed out that the name Sputnik V could be a political propaganda tool. There is a chance that Russia is retracing what it did with the satellite all those years ago, now, with this vaccine. Sputnik V has received some criticism from scientists across the world for being approved despite being tested for less than two months.

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