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