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Hungary no longer expects the arrivals of the Chinese CanSino and the Indian CoviShield vaccines in the near future, Minister of Trade and Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó announced at a press conference on Friday. While the Hungarian government had been planning to add the two vaccines to its vaccination plan, their production capacity indicates that they will arrive far later than expected.

Szijjártó said that it only makes sense to order vaccines sourced outside of the European Union if they can arrive on time.

This news comes as a surprise after Hungary had already licensed both vaccines, and after the Foreign Ministry had announced in April that more than a million doses were set to arrive.

Two Further Vaccines Licenced for Use in Hungary
Two Further Vaccines Licenced for Use in Hungary

Hungary’s medicines authority OGYÉI has granted licences for use to the Chinese CanShino coronavirus vaccine and Covishield, AstraZeneca’s vaccine produced in India, the chief medical officer said on Monday. Cecília Müller, speaking at the daily press conference of the coronavirus operative board, said she hoped that a greater choice of vaccines would help the country’s […]Continue reading

Regardless of the situation with CanSino and CoviShield, the Hungarian government has decided to focus on its Sinopharm and Sputnik V orders.

Featured photo illustration by János Nemes/MTI