Some 250,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid vaccine are expected to arrive in Hungary on Sunday evening, foreign minister Péter Szijjártó said.
Szijjártó said on Facebook that vaccination was the “only recipe for victory” in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. This requires vaccines and “the good news is that a Hungarian cargo aircraft has again set off on Sunday, and it is expected to return from Moscow tonight with 250,000 doses of Sputnik vaccine”, he added.
Once the national public health centre clears the vaccines for use, they will be distributed to vaccination points and “another big step can be taken toward having 2.5 million people vaccinated”, he said.
The Hungarian cargo aircraft will remain in service next week, when 180,000 doses of vaccine are expected to arrive from Moscow, to be followed by another shipment of 250,000 doses, Szijjártó said.
That means a total of 680,000 doses of Russian vaccine will arrive in Hungary in less than two weeks’ time, Szijjártó added.
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