A government cargo plane carrying 700,000 Sinopharm vaccines is scheduled to land in Budapest on Friday, marking the fulfillment of China’s contract with Hungary, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said.
The remaining part of the contract was for 500,000 doses but the Chinese defence ministry added 200,000 doses as a donation, Szijjártó said before leaving for Hamburg to take over Hungary’s presidency of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers.
The aircraft made 15 round trips between Budapest and Moscow and Budapest and Beijing in the past three months transporting Eastern vaccines to Hungary, and Hungary has received more vaccines from China and at an earlier date than originally contracted, he highlighted in a video posted on Facebook.
The vaccines ordered from China and Russia have contributed to putting Hungary a month and a half ahead of Europe in terms of the proportion of vaccinated population, Szijjártó said.
“It is that much sooner that we can fully open our economy and give people back a normal life,” he added.
Featured photo illustration via Péter Szijjártó’s Facebook page