Hungary continues to encourage vaccinations, the differences between vaccines are very minimal, “and are especially minimal compared to the danger faced by an unvaccinated person catching the coronavirus,” Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office Gergely Gulyás said in the government’s press conference on Thursday. The minister shared the number of illnesses and deaths following second vaccinations in Hungary, concluding that the numbers prove that vaccines are effective.
3.7 million people in Hungary have been fully inoculated, while more than 5 million have received their first vaccination. Gergely Gulyás stated that Hungary’s exceptional number of vaccinations is unique since it has been vaccinating people with both “Western and Eastern vaccines equally.”
PMO Head: False Assumptions Made About Sinopharm
Gulyás felt that it was necessary to bring this up since “there are countless false assumptions related to the efficacy of certain vaccines, the most recent attempt of such an accusation being made towards Sinopharm.”
The minister reaffirmed that the laboratories and testing facilities continue to show that immunity occurs in Sinopharm just like any other vaccine.
Of the 3 million 611 thousand people who had received their second inoculation at the time of the government’s analysis, 8,193 contracted the virus after their vaccination, among whom 524 people passed away. Based on this, Gulyás said, “if all of Hungary’s adult population had been inoculated by this point in 2021, roughly 900 people could have died.”
Gulyás: Minimal Deaths Prove Vaccine Efficacy
Looking at specific vaccinations, Gulyás said that 1.5 million people received both shots of Pfizer-BioNTech, among whom 3,657 people caught the virus after their second inoculation, and 268 of them passed away.
To this Gulyás added that most elderly people, for whom the virus poses the greatest risk, were vaccinated primarily with Pfizer,
Additionally, Gulyás continued to list that
- 209 thousand people received both vaccinations of Moderna, among whom 204 people became sick after their second inoculation and 25 people passed away.
- 181 thousand people received both AstraZeneca doses, among whom 816 became sick after their second vaccination and 12 people passed away.
- 809 thousand people received both Sputnik V doses, among whom 697 became sick after their second vaccination and 13 people passed away.
- 850 thousand people received both Sinopharm doses, among whom 2,800 people caught the virus after their second vaccination and 206 people passed away.
The government has previously argued
that certain vaccines are more effective than others based on the number of deaths and infections among the people inoculated with Hungary’s various vaccines. Multiple mathematicians, statisticians, and scientists have criticized
such statements, since conclusions cannot be drawn from the numbers alone. A vaccine efficacy table was shared as well, showing infections and deaths tabled to vaccines. It was heavily criticized for making conclusions without taking the multitude of variables into consideration.
Thus we can see that, while there are slight differences, (…) Sputnik has exceptionally good data even here, but every vaccine is safe, and beside vaccinations we can say that the coronavirus pandemic has significantly less severe consequences towards people’s lives or towards illnesses than an influenza pandemic.”
Gulyás stressed that if herd immunity can be reached Hungary will be practically immune to the coronavirus.
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