Orban’s Hungary defers to Russian vaccine


TAndis Europe mourning the doses of the Pfizer vaccine that it does not have, Viktor Orban’s Hungary, meanwhile, has just signed a supply deal with Russia. Hungary bought two million doses, enough to vaccinate a million people. The first deliveries will take place in one month and will cover 200,000 doses, then 500,000 doses in the second month and 300,000 doses in the third month. The announcement was made official, Friday, January 22, in Moscow by the Hungarian foreign minister, Péter Szijjártó, during his meeting with his colleague Sergei Lavrov.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been complaining for several days about the “slowness” of Brussels. “I don’t want to procrastinate with Brussels, because political procrastination is not about politics, but about human lives,” he said on Kossuth Radio. “It is not possible for Hungarians to die because the purchase of vaccines in Brussels is slow. We need a vaccine because it means life. The strong man from Budapest also announced the construction of a vaccine factory in Debrecen to gain production autonomy.

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Russian vaccine must not leave Hungary

The Hungarian health authority has granted emergency marketing authorization for the Russian vaccine. It is the first EU country to take a step aside from the European vaccination strategy. Hungary has every right to buy vaccines from pharmaceutical groups which are not already connected with the European Union. The Russian vaccine, Sputnik, must not leave Hungary. “The responsibility of members of the Hungarian nursing staff will then be personally involved in the event of a problem,” said a French diplomatic source.

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At the Élysée, we are not forbidden, in principle, to take an interest in Russian and Chinese vaccines, but, for the time being, no scientific study has confirmed the efficacy and harmlessness of these vaccines which, in any case, should receive the green light from the European Medicines Agency before any vaccination on European soil. Hungary also announced on January 14 an agreement with the Chinese firm Sinopharm for one million doses.