President János Áder has said the epidemic in Hungary may be left behind more than a year after its outbreak thanks to mass vaccinations.
“There’s still much suffering, and we have to face up to the losses we’ve sustained, but people who get vaccinated can now enjoy effective protection against the virus,” President Áder told the Friends of Hungary conference held online. “After more than a year’s uncertainty … we can now take back the initiative from the virus.”
The president said Hungary is one of the countries with the best inoculation rates. He also praised Katalin Karikó, the Hungarian biochemist whose team has developed the technology at the root of mRNA vaccines. It is thanks to her and her colleagues, he said, that life-saving vaccines such as Pfizer and Moderna’s can be mass produced today.
President Áder concluded that the Friends of Hungary’s cooperation, knowledge and loyalty can be counted on to help get life back to normal and boost the resilience and sustainability of the economy, support science and healthcare development and bolster communities.