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Russia has named their COVID-19 vaccine after their first satellite 'Sputnik'.

The vaccine was named after the Soviet satellite which was launched in 1957 and opened space to exploration to humans.

The vaccine was named after the Soviet satellite which was launched in 1957 and opened space to exploration to humans.President Vladimir Putin said Russia has become the first country to approve a vaccine against the Covid-19. He added that Russia was the first country in the world to register a vaccine against the Covic-19. This is the development of the Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Russian Healthcare Ministry, which passed clinical trials in the month of June and July. The Sputnik Vaccine website explains that in the year 1957 the launch of the first space satellite by the Soviet Union renewed space research around the world. Hence the Russian COVID-19 vaccine been named as Sputnik V.

scientists in Russia and abroad have been sounding the alarm that the rush to start using the vaccine before Phase 3 trials, which generally last for months and involve thousands of people, could backfire. Many scientists have raised questions about the vaccine's safety and effectiveness and said that Russian authorities' claims that the vaccine drug produced the desired immune response and published scientific data back no significant side effects.

The World Health Organisation has not approved the drug and has repeatedly said that all vaccine candidates should go through full stages of testing before being rolled out.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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