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Hungary in vaccine talks with China, Russia, Israel

Hungary is in talks with China, Russia and Israel on buying vaccines against the coronavirus once they are developed, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Monday.

Data regarding the spread of the virus is “worrying” worldwide, Szijjarto said on Facebook. A vaccine could lead to a breakthrough in combating the pandemic, he said.

Research is in its final stages in Russia and China, and vaccines may be ready for commercial use within “weeks or months,” Szijjarto said.

Szijjarto talked by phone with Russian Trade and Industry Minister Denis Manturov and Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko. “We agreed to stay in contact to clear up issues regarding test results, permit procedures and the wide-ranging use of vaccines,” Szijjarto said.

Meanwhile, Hungary has also contacted the authorities in Israel, where research is also under way, Szijjarto said.

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