The Hungarian government has shown great agility in procuring vaccines, giving the country a head-start on its European peers.
Human Resoures Minister Miklós Kásler said 3 percent of the Hungarian population has been vaccinated against coronavirus, compared with the European Union’s average 2.7 percent. He added that he believed Hungary’s advantage would increase, referring to the government’s “extreme agility” when it came to making vaccine purchases from other countries.
In a video posted on Facebook, the minister said Hungary’s vaccination program was “highly organized” and the pace of vaccination was dependent exclusively on the speed the country could obtain the vaccine. Shipments through the EU are “uncertain in terms of time and quantity”, that is why the government is “gathering information on all continents”.
All five vaccines licenced for use in Hungary, he added, were reliable “in all sense”. He insisted that Hungarian health authorities would only licence a vaccine if they were effective and the risk of side effects or complications was negligible.
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