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Apr 02, 2021

FM: Vaccines must not be made into a political issue

The foreign minister said the world is clearly seeing an exponential rise in Covid-19 cases and a regular emergence of new virus variants, underscoring the need to accelerate vaccinations.

 

The foreign minister has stressed that because vaccines are the only alternative to the coronavirus pandemic, they must not be made into a political issue.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, told a press conference he held jointly with World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Geneva, that the world is clearly seeing an exponential rise in Covid-19 cases and a regular emergence of new virus variants, underscoring the need to accelerate vaccinations.

The minister praised WHO for not having made the issue of vaccines an ideological one. He said those who had turned vaccinations into an “ideological issue” in Brussels had “practically caused people’s deaths”, insisting that they had slowed vaccination drives and undermined the willingness of the public to get inoculated. Minister Szijjártó noted that Hungary would have its own production capacity for coronavirus vaccine by the end of 2022.

The two officials announced that the WHO’s European leaders will visit Hungary at the end of the month for talks on linking the country’s Covid vaccine production capacities to the global production chain. Minister Szijjártó said Hungary would soon have administered the first dose of a Covid vaccine to 25 percent of its adult population. The WHO leader said his organization would support Hungary in building its own vaccine production capacity, and encouraged the country to maintain the momentum of its vaccination drive.