Hungary has decided to offer 40,900 Pfizer-Biontech vaccines to the Czech Republic to help it fight the coronavirus epidemic, news site Telex reports.
The Hungarian government is sending 40,900 doses of Pfizer-Biontech vaccines to the Czech Republic in response to “…the epidemiological situation in Europe triggered by the coronavirus pandemic,” according to a decree published in the official gazette, Magyar Közlöny. With this move, the government is fulfilling an earlier promise made to the Czech Republic.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has entrusted the task to Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler and Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó.
The decision comes right after the Hungarian government announced that it would be the only EU country to not take part in the next phase of vaccine procurement organized by the European Union; therefore, the country will not receive any further Pfizer vaccine doses in the future. The government justified the decision by saying that Hungary has enough vaccine reserves.
Hungary is not the first to help the Czech Republic, as Serbia recently donated 100,000 doses of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine to the country.
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