Gergely Gulyás, Head of the Prime Minister's Office, said Hungary had so far received a total one million vaccine doses from China.
According to MTI, Gulyás called on “the left and [Democratic Coalition leader] Ferenc Gyurcsány” to stop making “anti-vaxxer statements” and end their related signature drive. “Those who refuse to be vaccinated because of that may even die,” he warned. Gulyás added that “the opposition also has responsibilities, and the vaccine mustn’t be politicised”.
Gulyás said 1.15 million Hungarians have received the first jab so far, while 327,000 are fully inoculated. He added that the Hungarian population’s vaccination rate is second highest in the European Union. Gulyás said that 11.3 percent of Hungarians had received at least the first jab, compared with the EU average of less than 7 percent.
The minister insisted that Hungarian health services were inoculating 0.6 percent of the population a day, compared with 0.2 percent in the EU. “Therefore the Western press cannot help reporting the success of the Hungarian vaccination program,” he said, citing a German report referring to the “extreme speed” of inoculation in Hungary.
Some 3.2 million Hungarians, less than 50 percent of the population, have registered for vaccination, Gulyás said, adding that a 60 or 70 percent ratio would be desirable.
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