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Jan 13, 2021

Hungary receives first shipment of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine

Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that one vial of the vaccine can provide ten doses.

 

Hungary has received its first shipment of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine.

A total of 7,000 doses sufficient to inoculate 3,500 people has arrived in Hungary. A police escort accompanied the van transporting the vaccine from Belgium. The vaccines are kept under constant surveillance, and digital thermometers ensure that it is kept at a temperature below -25°C. The vaccinations will be used to inoculate residents of elderly care homes.

Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that one vial of the vaccine can provide ten doses. Hungary inoculated 78,579 people against Covid-19 by Monday evening, mainly healthcare workers and elderly care home residents, using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Müller said.

Hungary took delivery of the first shipment of Pfizer’s vaccine on Dec. 26. It is set to receive a total of 4.4 million doses of the vaccine before the end of the year. The government has placed orders for more than 19 million Covid vaccine doses, sufficient to inoculate 10 million people, Müller said.

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