Hungary will start administering doses of the vaccine against China’s new coronavirus from Sinopharm as of Wednesday, the Hungarian government announced this Tuesday. The goal is to double, within a week, the number of immunized people.
So far, 457,096 people (4.7% of Hungary’s 9.7 million inhabitants) have received at least one dose of the vaccine, mainly from pharmaceuticals authorized by the European Union – Pfizer / BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna. In addition to these, the country has also started vaccinating with Russian Sputnik V.
The government announced on Tuesday that it had ordered five million doses of the Chinese vaccine and that, in the next few days, 368,000 people will be vaccinated, bringing the number of citizens who have already received at least one dose of the vaccine to 800,000 by Sunday.
“All vaccines available in Hungary are safe and able to provide protection against coronavirus infection,” said Secretary of State Istvan Gyorgy.
Hungary is the only country in the European Union to purchase vaccines from Russia and China, justifying its decision with the delay in the distribution of vaccines by the authorities of the European Community.