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Nov 03, 2020

Hungary in talks with China, Russia and Israel to buy COVID-19 vaccines

The foreign minister said Hungary is in talks with China, Russia and Israel on buying vaccines against the coronavirus once they are developed.

 

The foreign minister said Hungary is in talks with China, Russia and Israel on buying vaccines against the coronavirus once they are developed.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said on Monday that aata regarding the spread of the virus is “worrying” worldwide. A vaccine could lead to a breakthrough in combating the pandemic. Research is in its final stages in Russia and China, and vaccines may be ready for commercial use within “weeks or months,” he said.

Minister Szijjártó talked by phone with Russian Trade and Industry Minister Denis Manturov and Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko. “We agreed to stay in contact to clear up issues regarding test results, permit procedures and the wide-ranging use of vaccines,” Minister Szijjártó said. Meanwhile, Hungary has also contacted the authorities in Israel, where research is also under way, he said.