Chief medical officer: Hungary prepared for vaccination

Hungary is prepared for giving vaccinations against coronavirus and all the conditions are set for handling and storing vaccine supplies, the chief medical officer said on Monday.

Cecilia Muller told a press conference of the operative board coordinating response to the epidemic that the European Medicines Agency is expected to give licence to the vaccine for European Union countries at a meeting today. Once this happens, the inoculation of health workers will start within a few days, she said.

The first shipment Hungary is to receive will include a “symbolic amount” which will be enough for vaccinating 5,000 people only but further shipments are expected before the end of the year and supplies are expected to be continual later on, she said.

Once all demands for vaccination by health workers have been met, inoculation will continue under the national vaccination plan. The first vaccinations will be administered at the South Pest Central hospital in Budapest and will continue in 25 other locations.

She said current research showed that the vaccines available will also be effective against new variants of the virus.

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