The world looks on with baited breath as Russia announced yesterday that a vaccine developed to combat the Covid-19 virus is ready for use – despite only two months testing on humans.
The announcement has echoes of the 1950s Space Race during the Cold War – when the USSR launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, in 1957, and sent a man into space four years later. Russia appears to have gained an early lead in the global race to battle the Covid-19 epidemic, by launching their new Sputnik vaccine way ahead of any other country.
Coincidentally, the vaccine – called ‘Sputnik V’- has been revealed in the same week the terrifying Russian sci-fi horror film Sputnik is released on digital platforms in the UK. We have a new clip from the film which we get a glimpse of the ‘new inhabitant’…
At the height of the Cold War, a Soviet spacecraft crash lands after a mission gone awry, leaving the commanding astronaut as its only survivor. After a renowned Russian psychologist is brought in to evaluate the astronaut’s mental state, it becomes clear that something dangerous may have come back to Earth with him.
The film stars Oksana Akinshina, Fedor Bondarchuk and Pyotr Fyodorov.
Sputnik will be released in the UK and Ireland on 14th August on Digital HD. Available on all the usual Digital Platforms.
Stay tuned over the weekend we will be recording an episode of Outside Centre for a review of this film.