Russian vaccine to arrive in Hungary

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto (L), 16 October 2020. [EPA-EFE/LUONG THAI LINH]

Hungary will receive a small batch delivery of COVID-19 vaccines from Russia in December, followed by a “large quantity shipment” in January, said Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó in a video, which he posted on Facebook from quarantine after he tested positive for COVID-19.

With Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko “we managed to agree that Russians will start a small batch delivery of vaccines to Hungary in December to perform clinical examinations, vaccine testing and complete the last steps of the authorisation process […] and then from the second or third week of January they [the Russians] will undertake a large quantity shipment to Hungary,” said Szijjártó.

“To answer what ‘large quantity shipment’ will mean precisely they asked for another two weeks, since the preparation of manufacturing facilities that will produce the vaccine is in process in Russia,” the foreign minister continued.

A Hungarian manufacturing company will consult with its Russian partner to see if it could shift from producing influenza shots to coronavirus vaccines, Szijjártó added.

(Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com)

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