UK COVID-variant appears in Hungary

A medical student wearing protective clothing takes a swab sample for a COVID-19 rapid test in a school in Mandok, Hungary, 26 November 2020. [EPA-EFE/Attila Balazs]

Three patients were diagnosed with the more infectious variant of coronavirus first identified in the UK, Hungary’s chief medical officer Cecília Müller told journalists on Wednesday, adding that “it was obvious that Hungary could not avoid the variant either.”

According to Müller, Hungary has used all the doses it has received of the Pfizer vaccine by Tuesday, administering some 86,929 jabs, and has since continued vaccinations using the 51,000 doses – both from Pfizer and Moderna – that arrived the same day.

Meanwhile, János Szlávik, chief infectologist of the South Pest Central Hospital told atv.hu in an interview that at sufficiently high vaccination rates across Europe, there will be no need for vaccine passports.

Vaccination must be made compulsory against viruses that can disappear from the face of the earth, according to the specialist. However, the coronavirus, like the influenza virus, is constantly changing, he added. (Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com)

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