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Apr 03, 2020

Coronavirus Update: PM Orbán meets with leading researchers to discuss virus

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said that in the absence of a vaccine, Hungary will need all medicines possible to ease the symptoms of COVID-19.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said that in the absence of a vaccine, Hungary will need all medicines possible to ease the symptoms of COVID-19.

The prime minister said several drugs are currently being tested or are ready for production in Hungary, “and the aim is to stockpile enough of them,” he said.

According to MTI, PM Orbán and László Palkovics, Minister of Innovation and Technology, held a video conference with the heads of the teams researching the new coronavirus, to discuss developments necessary in the Hungarian pharmaceutical industry.

The team heads briefed PM Orbán on the results so far and on future steps and developments. The prime minister warned that the epidemic was going to “last for a long time, and the brunt of it still lies ahead of us.”

Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler last week commissioned scientists to research possible therapeutic treatments of COVID-19. Among the scientists at the meeting were virologist Ferenc Jakab of the Pécs University, Imre Kacskovics, the dean of the natural sciences faculty at Budapest’s Eötvös University, and Gergely Rost of the Szeged University.

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