Sputnik meaning: What is Sputnik? Why has Russia named coronavirus vaccine Sputnik?

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    Mr Putin announced this week the vaccine is safe to use, telling a government meeting: “I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the necessary checks.”

    Mr Putin also announced his own daughter has been a recipient of Russia’s new vaccine, and that she is feeling well.

    Developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, the vaccine has been named Sputnik V.

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has already publicly declared his support for Russia’s vaccine.



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