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May 27, 2020

Coronavirus Update: CMO says there is no child vaccine delay in Hungary

Responding to the World Health Organization’s concerns regarding potential delays in infant vaccination due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cecilia Müller said that there is no such delay in Hungary and all children have been properly vaccinated.

During today’s Operational Group press conference, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that in comparison to the rest of Europe, Hungary’s figure of 39 confirmed coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants is promising. Müller revealed that the number of active cases dropped to 1,432, 41 percent of whom reside in Budapest and the rest in rural Hungary. Currently, out of the 430 patients undergoing hospital treatment 25 people are on ventilators.

Responding to the World Health Organization’s concerns regarding potential delays in infant vaccination due to the coronavirus pandemic, Müller said that there is no such delay in Hungary and all children have been properly vaccinated. She added that there are several research groups in Hungary that are looking for preventive methods to counter the spread of the virus. One of these groups at the National Healthcare Center, led by Tamás Pándics, is working on a method to identify coronavirus spread in the environment.

Lieutenant Colonel of the Hungarian Police Force, Róbert Kiss said that more details about ceasing the state of emergency can be expected at tomorrow’s Kormányinfo press conference. “The extraordinary legal order could be replaced by a state of epidemiological crisis,” Kiss added.

The press conference was also attended by Balázs Fürjes, State Secretary for Budapest and the Capital’s Metropolitan Area, who shared details about the government’s new, metropolitan home development program, aimed at securing affordable accommodation for families in previous industrial districts.

A call center set up for advice on the coronavirus can be reached on +36-80-277-455 and +36-80-277-456 or by email koronavirus@bm.gov.hu