The world’s first registered vaccine against coronavirus infection was named “Sputnik V” by analogy with the launch of the first artificial Earth satellite in 1957. This was announced on Tuesday, August 11, according to RIA Novosti.
Sputnik-1 has intensified space research throughout the world. The new Russian vaccine against COVID-19 has created the so-called Sputnik moment for the world community. Thanks to this comparison, the vaccine was named “Sputnik V”, – quoted by RT.
On August 11, a vaccine based on an adenovirus vector was registered with the Russian Ministry of Health. It became the first registered vaccine against the novel SARS-COV-2 coronavirus infection on the market.
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed the hope that the mass production of the drug will begin in the near future, and also stressed that vaccination should be carried out on a voluntary basis. The head of state also said that one of his daughters had experienced the Russian coronavirus vaccine on herself, according to the website kp.ru.
On July 25, the Chumakov Federal Research and Development Center for Immunobiological Preparations of the Russian Academy of Sciences submitted an application for participation in the WHO international tender for the supply of a vaccine against coronavirus.
At the same time, on July 22, Murashko said that the vaccine against this infection, created by the Gamaleya Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, could receive a registration certificate in the first ten days of August. According to him, its effectiveness against COVID-19 is there, and its safety has already been confirmed.
The spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, began at the end of December last year. The Chinese city of Wuhan became the hotbed of infection. For several months, the disease has spread to more than 210 countries of the world. On March 11, WHO declared a coronavirus pandemic.
Since the beginning of the epidemic in Russia, 897,599 cases of coronavirus have been detected in 85 regions. Over the entire period, 15,131 deaths were recorded, 703,175 people recovered.
All information on the situation with the coronavirus is available on the websites of stopcoronavirus.rf and access vsem.rf. Coronavirus hotline: 8 (800) 2000-112. In addition, information is available under the hashtag #WeWeTogether.