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Hungarian Gov’t Donating Ventilators to Palestine

Tamás Vaski 2021.05.20.

Hungary will be donating ventilators to the Holy Family Hospital and the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation in Palestine, reports Hungary’s official gazette Magyar Közlöny.

The government has given Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó 30 days to get in touch with the beneficiaries, after which another 30 days will be given to hand over the ventilators.

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The government decree reads that in accordance with its ruling on Hungary’s protective equipment used in the state of emergency, “Pursuant to section 2 of the government decree, the Palestinian Holy Family Hospital and the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (hereinafter together: the beneficiaries) shall decide on the free transfer of ownership of the ventilators according to the 1. annex of the 692/2020. (XII. 29.) 2. §-a government decree.”

The number of individuals on ventilators in Hungary has significantly decreased to 212 people, significantly less than the more than one thousand who were on ventilator treatment in March.

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Hungary also has a significant surplus of ventilators, which it has been donating to other countries in need. In the first wave of the pandemic, the government purchased more than 16 thousand ventilators, many which were never used.

According to hvg.hu, 425 ventilators have been donated to other countries so far.

Featured photo illustration by Tibor Rosta/MTI