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FM Szijjártó: Hungarian Opposition Fails on Chinese Covid Vaccine Sinopharm

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.05.08.

The Hungarian opposition has ultimately proved wrong in its position on rejecting China’s Covid-19 vaccine, the foreign minister said on Friday afternoon, after the World Health Organisation (WHO) approved Sinopharm for emergency use.

“The world’s best experts have asserted that Sinopharm is an effective and safe vaccine,” Péter Szijjártó told public media.

The minister said that WHO is the world’s top decision-making body on health issues with the best and most experienced doctors, epidemiologists and virologists working in its ranks. These experts have thoroughly examined every Covid-19 vaccine including Sinopharm, of which Hungary has procured 5 million doses and used it to inoculate several hundreds of thousands of its citizens, Szijjártó said.

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WHO’s experts approved the Chinese vaccine as a safe and effective vaccine after extremely rigorous inspections, he said, noting that Sinopharm “has been added to the same list” that contains the western vaccines, namely Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna.

“Now surely many members of the [Hungarian] leftist opposition are ashamed, since their politicians have done everything they could to dissuade Hungarians from accepting Sinopharm,” Szijjártó said, accusing the opposition of “pursuing an irresponsible policy that is a threat to people’s lives”.

“But their policy has failed for good,” Szijjártó said.

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