Public is entitled to be fully informed about the delivery schedule, minister says

Gulyas requests publication of EU vaccine contracts

Gergely Gulyas, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, asked European Commissioner Stella Kyriakides in a letter on Friday to facilitate publication of the European Union's agreements with coronavirus vaccine producers and the timeframe of vaccine shipments.

In his letter, published on Facebook, Gulyas said that Hungary’s vaccination programme was being implemented “in a disciplined and scheduled manner”. He noted that Hungary was using Chinese and Russian vaccines, too, and over 1.2 million people had received their first shots.

He wrote that in order to maintain public trust, the government had published its agreements with Russia and China, including details of volume and shipping schedules, but added that “this information is not available for Hungarian citizens in the case of vaccines procured by the EU”. He insisted that the “Hungarian public is entitled to be fully informed about the content of the contracts, especially about the delivery schedule”.

Gulyas said the Hungarian government was “convinced that in these difficult times, all decision-makers must act with the greatest possible responsibility and care, not only at national but also European level … we have to work closely together and support each other”.

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