A box from the first batch of AstraZeneca's vaccine – Photo: MTI

First shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine arrives in Hungary

The first shipment of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been been approved by the European Medicines Agency, arrived in Hungary on Saturday, public news channel M1 said.

The shipment containing enough vaccine to inoculate 20,000 people was received by Hungaropharma on Saturday morning, M1 said. The vaccine is planned to be used to inoculate persons with underlying contitions aged under 60 who have registered for vaccination.

The AstraZeneca vaccine was approved by Hungary’s National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition before the European Medicines Agency.

The advantage of the AstraZeneca vaccine is that it can be stored and transported at temperatures between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius, which makes it easier to handle than the vaccines previously available.

Two jabs are needed to achieve immunity, the second to be administered 4-12 weeks after the first.

Hungary has signed up for 6,540,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is enough to inoculate 3,270,000 people, M1 said.

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