Sputnik for Sputniks: Russia wants to vaccinate space travelers

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Russia wants to vaccinate its space travelers against the corona virus and thus prevent the spread of the disease on the International Space Station ISS. Cosmonauts and employees of the Cosmonaut Training Center in the so-called Star City (Svyozdny Gorodok) near Moscow should be among the first to receive the vaccine “Sputnik V” developed in Russia, it was said in the night to Wednesday.

However, the announcement did not say whether the vaccination is voluntary and when it should start. Before flights to the ISS from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan, strict safety regulations already apply. For example, the crew has to spend a month in quarantine. They are also tested several times for the virus.

Mass vaccinations began in Moscow last weekend. In mid-August, Russia was the first country in the world to approve “Sputnik V” for widespread use – even before the beginning of an important and final test phase III. In Russian, Sputnik means companion or companion, but in many places it is now also a synonym for satellite, because “Sputnik” was the first artificial earth satellite in the cosmos in 1957.

The effectiveness of “Sputnik V” is stated to be 95 percent. Russia’s chief medical officer Anna Popova advised against alcohol before and during the vaccination – for 56 days. Thus, no alcohol should be mixed two weeks before and 42 days after the first injection, because otherwise less antibodies would be produced.

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