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Hungary’s government will not let either Brussels or the Hungarian left wing contest the ability and right of Hungarian experts to decide what vaccines could be used in the country in the case of an emergency, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Monday.

As vaccines offer the only solution to the coronavirus epidemic, there is a pressing need to obtain the highest quantity of vaccines possible, Szijjártó told a press conference after meeting his Austria, Czech, Slovak and Slovenian counterparts in Brdo pri Krajni, in Slovenia.

PM Orbán Receives Sinopharm Jab, Asks Hungarians to Get Vaccinated
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Vaccination is the only possible protection against the coronavirus epidemic, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Sunday after receiving the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine. Orbán said on Facebook that “we are being attacked by the third wave of the coronavirus epidemic which will be stronger than the previous two”. He asked all Hungarians to register and […]Continue reading

There are clear European rules in place concerning who is authorised to decide whether a vaccine is safe or not. The European Medicines Agency — or, in the case of an emergency, the national authorities — may make such decisions. Challenging the right of the latter to decide is a non-European approach that runs counter to the European rules, Szijjártó said.

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