According to RIA Novosti, the vaccine is named after the first artificial Earth satellite, which was launched in the USSR in 1957.

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, the authors of the name note.

On August 11, the Ministry of Health of Russia issued a registration certificate for a vaccine for the prevention of the new coronavirus infection COVID-19. It was developed by the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology named after Academician N.F. Gamalei.

The Russian vaccine against coronavirus infection COVID-19 will go into civil circulation on January 1, 2021. The Ministry of Health said that the vaccine will form immunity for up to 2 years.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his daughter had experienced the Russian vaccine.