Hungary gets 6,000 doses of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine

FILE Photograph: Hungarian International Minister Peter Szijjarto attends an interview with Reuters in Budapest, Hungary, October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Marton Dunai

BUDAPEST (Reuters) -Hungary has acquired 6,000 doses of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto stated on his Facebook website page on Monday, nevertheless it was unclear when or regardless of whether the shot would be administered in the country.

Szijjarto said community overall health authorities would keep on their evaluation of the use of the Russian inoculation in Hungary.

“The cargo will be transported to the Nationwide Community Health Centre, where Hungarian specialists will have a different possibility to make a selection on how the vaccine should be applied,” Szijjarto mentioned.

Underneath European Union rules, Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine must be authorised by the European Medicines Agency in advance of it can be promoted in any state of the 27-country bloc, the EMA has reported.

Hungary’s designs to conduct trials of and perhaps develop the Russian shot, an unparalleled action for an EU member condition, have additional to present frictions with Brussels.

Russia and Hungary agreed last thirty day period to allow Hungarian health professionals and health-related gurus observe the manufacturing method and laboratory checks for Sputnik V.

Hungary started out vaccinating health care staff from the coronavirus with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, a working day earlier than most other countries in the European Union.

Szijjarto explained the authorities would do the job on bringing feasible vaccines to Hungary as speedy as possible, from both Western or Eastern sellers.

Reporting by Gergely Szakacs Modifying by Mark Potter and Jan Harvey