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Foreign Minister: Russian Vaccines Used in Hungary for Generations

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.12.29.

Russian vaccines have been used to inoculate most Hungarians since their childhoods, Péter Szijjártó, the foreign minister, said on Tuesday.

He said Hungary’s track record on vaccinations against infectious diseases was outstanding, mainly down to Russian vaccines.

The minister said on Facebook that the government’s job was is to make sure Hungarians get a safe vaccine, no matter where in the world it was developed.

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Hungarian doctors and epidemiologists are able to study how the Russian vaccine has been developed and manufactured and members of Hungary’s delegation witnessed the use of cutting-edge technology and “the highest level of professional competence”, he said.

He accused left-wing politicians of questioning the professionalism of Hungarian doctors and epidemiologists in order to make a political issue out of Russian vaccines.

“It would be preferable if left-wing politicians were not to undermine trust in Hungarian health professionals or hamper protection efforts, or make a political issue out of vaccination,” the minister said.

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