Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has emphasized the importance of procuring Covid-19 vaccines as quickly as possible after talks with his Czech counterpart Andrej Babiš in Budapest.
“Those who act quickly will save lives while those who are slow will lose lives,” PM Orbán told a joint press conference. The prime minister said it was therefore a mistake to wait for Brussels and its “slow” procurement of vaccines. “We want to learn from each other about how we can speed up vaccine procurement,” the prime minister said after discussing with Babiš Hungary’s experiences in purchasing the Russian and Chinese vaccines.
The prime minister said Hungarians were remarkably disciplined in terms of adhering to coronavirus-related restrictions in a European comparison, which he said could be related to the government’s decision to conduct a public survey asking the public’s opinion about the lockdown measures. “This is how it’s going to be in connection with the reopening of the country, too,” he said.
Hungarians will again be asked to take part in a nationwide survey. They will be asked, among other questions, whether they believe the country should be reopened gradually or in one go and whether it should cover everyone or just a certain segment of society, PM Orbán said.
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