The rush to develop a vaccine against the pandemic has caused Russia to act in a hasty manner. Putin has given orders for speedy development. He has gone a step further and stated he is ready to be one the first to take it. Russia’s main medical laboratory is a very old and respected institution. However, bypassing its normal high standards of testing has dragged it into controversy. The order has caused the vaccination of both staff and military personnel. Without the normal time periods to carry out the necessary testing required. These procedures are an accepted norm worldwide to adhere to standard practice.
The rush to develop the vaccine named Sputnik V. The name links it to Russias first satellite in space which was a world first.