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Socialist MEP: Govt Lies about EU’s Responsibility in Vaccine Procurement

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.01.18.

Socialist (MSZP) MEP István Ujhelyi will file a request for public information to obtain contracts the government has signed on acquiring Covid-19 vaccines.

In an online press conference on Saturday, Ujhelyi said the government is “lying” about the circumstances of a joint European Union procurement of vaccines and about the EU’s responsibility in the matter.

If they can’t resolve an issue, they quickly look for an enemy. In this case, they have again found that enemy in the European Union,”

he said. Ujhelyi stressed that vaccine makers had signed contracts directly with the governments of member states, not with the European Commission, so the Fidesz government “knows exactly” the delivery timeframe and volume for the joint EU vaccine order.

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He added that negotiations on the joint EU order had been overseen by a committee that met weekly with representation from each member state, “thus Viktor Orbán and his government are criticising a process in which they played an active role”.

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