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The number of people vaccinated against the coronavirus could reach five million within a few weeks, the leading infectologist of Budapest’s South Pest Central Hospital said on Monday.

János Szlávik told news channel M1 that six or seven million vaccinated will be necessary to achieve herd immunity in the country.

“The aim is to have as many people vaccinated as possible,” he said. “I believe Hungary is making good progress and I trust that the demand for vaccination will not slow down in the next few weeks,” he added.

Despite the favourable vaccination figures, there are still many elderly people who have not signed up for a shot, he said.

Hungary to Initiate Large-Scale Efficacy Study of Vaccines
Hungary to Initiate Large-Scale Efficacy Study of Vaccines

Word has spread about a 12-month study being planned to test the efficacy of all vaccines currently authorized in Hungary. Despite the magnitude of the nation-wide experiment, the government has been relatively silent regarding its details. The Pécs University Clinical Center shared a publication inviting people to take part in a voluntary 12-month antibody-study of […]Continue reading

Commenting on the Indian variant of the virus, he said the variant was dangerous because it was spreading faster than others, adding, however, that vaccines offer protection against it “to a certain extent”.

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