The Hungarian government is working to create the legal background to have the swiftest possible access to the coronavirus vaccine once it is developed, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office said on Thursday.
Hungary has signed up for all European Union research programmes and has contracted 6.5 million doses of the vaccine, at a cost of 13 billion forints (EUR 35.7m), Gergely Gulyás told a regular press briefing.
Meanwhile, the operative board responsible for handling the epidemic is examining Chinese and Russian vaccines, with a view to buying them should they prove effective, Gulyás said.
Gulyás encouraged Hungarians to get inoculated against the common flu to avoid multiple infections.
Regarding preparations in the health-care system, Gulyás said 47 percent of hospital beds were unoccupied and ready to take in Covid-19 patients. Those infected will have access to care of the highest quality, he said.
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