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Hungary has expanded the number of Pfizer BioNtech vaccines it is contracted to purchase to 10,870,000 doses from 6.5 million, the chief medical officer said on Monday.

Cecília Müller also told a regular online press conference that a large shipment of Russia’s Sputnik V containing 100,000 doses of the vaccine’s first component and 180,000 doses of the second one is on its way to Budapest.

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She said 685,247 people have been vaccinated so far, with 251,691 having received a second shot.

“These data show that Hungary comes third in Europe in terms of the inoculation rate after Malta and Denmark,” she said.

The chief medical officer warned, however, that Hungary is experiencing a steep rise in cases. “We have difficult weeks ahead,” Müller said. “The situation is serious and we must devote all of our efforts to bringing this epidemic under control.”

Meanwhile, Müller noted that under a revised national vaccination protocol taking effect today, the phasing of the administering of the Pfizer and the AstraZeneca vaccines has been modified to ensure that as many people as possible get a first jab.

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Those who have already received their first jab are required to return for their second shot on the day indicated on their vaccination card, Müller said.

Citing worsening transmission statistics, Müller advised Hungarians to observe epidemic rules and accept whichever jab is offered to them.

Those who cherry-pick according to their personal preference may lose weeks in getting protected against the virus, they should in the current epidemic situation think twice about whether or not to wait that long”

Müller said traces of the virus are on the rise in the waste water of cities, including in Budapest, Bekescsaba, Pecs, Kecskemet and Szekszard, indicating that a further deterioration can be expected in the epidemic situation.

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