Hungary is donating 800,000 coronavirus vaccine doses to Ghana and 300,000 doses to Rwanda, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Facebook.
Thanks to its decisions on the procurement of coronavirus vaccines and its swift vaccination campaign, Hungary is now in a position to vaccinate anyone who wants the jab, Szijjártó said in a video before leaving for a trip to Africa.
“We have enough vaccines for first, second, and third doses, and we have a reserve,” the minister said. “Hungary can afford to help the countries that are in a difficult situation. This way we can give the vaccines we haven’t used at home to the African countries.”
Szijjártó said he will deliver the 300,000 vaccine doses to Rwanda on Wednesday. He added that on the way there he will stop in Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, for talks on the continued training of their doctors and nurses in Hungary and to sign a tourism agreement.
However, according to Magyar Közlöny, while the government is indeed giving away vaccines to African countries, much more than what Péter Szijjártó had said a few hours earlier.
According to the decisions signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, 24.hu reports, the government will not give away 1.1 million coronavirus vaccines, but more than 1.2 million, because
- 800,000 doses of AstraZeneca will be given to the Republic of Ghana,
- 105,600 doses of Sinopharm and 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca for the Republic of Rwanda,
- 105,600 Sinopharm for the Republic of Gambia.
After Rwanda, Szijjártó will fly to Turkey to take part in a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Turkic Council member countries, followed by a ministerial summit on Friday.
During the summit, Hungary will hand over a donation of 200,000 vaccine doses, Szijjártó said, noting a decision by the Turkic Council countries to jointly support the African countries in their defense against the pandemic.
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