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Feb 16, 2021

PM Orbán outlines government's crisis management plans

PM Orbán said that by the end of May, Hungary can have 3.5 million more people vaccinated against Covid-19 than a European Union country of similar size.

 

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has outlined his government's Covid-19 vaccination and economic recovery action plans in an address to lawmakers.

According to MTI, PM Orbán said that by the end of May, Hungary can have 3.5 million more people vaccinated against Covid-19 than a European Union country of similar size that only uses vaccines procured from the West.

Ahead of the agenda at the first plenary meeting of parliament’s spring session, the prime minister said Hungary also has a realistic chance to have more than 2 million people vaccinated by early April, with everyone over the age of 60 who has registered for a Covid shot being inoculated.

The prime minister said the government has also launched an action plan to relaunch the economy. The plan’s seven steps will include a temporary reduction in the VAT rate on home construction from 27 to 5 percent, home renovation subsidies for families with at least one child, wage support for hard-hit sectors, an unprecedented wage increase for doctors, the gradual re-introduction of the annual pensioners’ bonus, a personal income tax exemption for Hungarians under the age of 25 and interest-free microloans for small businesses.

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