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With the government working to procure as many Covid-19 vaccines as possible, Hungary could have 70 percent of its population inoculated by June, a government official said on Tuesday.

Achieving this target would give Hungary one of the highest vaccination rates in the European Union, allowing it to lift restrictions and reopen its economy earlier than other countries, justice ministry state secretary Pál Völner said in a parliamentary debate on extending the special legal order introduced to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Hungary’s use of the Chinese and Russian Covid vaccines will allow it to vaccinate 3.5 million more people by the end of May than if it relied solely on jabs procured by Brussels, Völner said.

Chinese Vaccine Sinopharm Arrives in Hungary
Chinese Vaccine Sinopharm Arrives in Hungary

550 thousand vials of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine have arrived in Hungary, prior to its authorization by the National Public Health Center (NNK). The vaccine has little documentation available to the public, but has already been used to inoculate millions of people in other countries. Ágnes Galgóczi, head of the National Public Health Center’s (NNK) […]Continue reading

Citing expert opinions, the state secretary said virus restrictions should remain in place for the time being, but expressed hope that they could be eased in the foreseeable future.

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