According to Ákos Hadházy, an independent member of parliament, the state is said to have paid ten times more for the procurement of immunity certificates than would have been necessary. This is because the individual QR code on the certificate cannot be used practically anywhere in Hungary. The police are not launching an investigation.
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According to Hadházy, the vaccination passports could have been ordered at a price of 100-120 forints apiece, but it turned out from the documents that the state paid 979.5 forints + VAT, i.e. ten times more for them.
The police dismissed the investigation on the grounds, among others, that the price includes the IT data carrier on the front, the shipping costs, as well as an IT system that is available 24 hours a day to solve the problems that arise. The police added that no suspicion of fraud or negligence has arisen, and also causing of damage or property disadvantage as a result of the procurement is not suspected. However, according to the MP, the case must have consequences, as taxpayers would have suffered a loss of at least 5 billion forints.
The QR code printed on the immunity certificate currently cannot be used practically anywhere in Hungary, as the corresponding reader is not available for it. In many other EU countries, it can already be used, for example, in small cafés.
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