Hungary welcomes first batch of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccines

The batch will allow to fully protect 270.000 citizens

On Wednesday, Hungary was the first EU member state to administer the vaccine from the Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm to its own residents. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has not yet approved the medicine, but the Hungarian regulator has.

Previously, Hungary became the first EU member states and Russia made a deal for the supply of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. The Hungarian Foreign minister Péter Szijjártó told me earlier that the country was that the vaccine as soon as possible” would like to use, but in a safe way.

The Russian vaccine has not yet been approved by the European Medicines Agency, although the Russians claimed that talks are already underway with EMA. The European Medicines Agency talked to NU.nl that “no application for admission” had been received from Russia.

If the EMA does not approve both the Russian and Chinese vaccines, both products must not be marketed on the European market.

Hungary expects 5 million vaccine doses from China

Hungary has received some 550,000 doses of vaccine from China. This should be used to vaccinate 275,000 inhabitants in the next few days. Hungary has ordered a total of 5 million doses of vaccine from Sinopharm. In addition, as an EU member state, the country also receives vaccines from the EU.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has repeatedly stated that he sees the vaccination programme as the option to gradually return to ‘normal life’. He has already called on pharmacists to intensify the production of vaccines.

“We don’t need explanations, we need vaccines,” Orbán says.

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