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Hungary receives first shipment of Russia vaccine

The first shipment of the Russian coronavirus vaccine has arrived in Hungary, the chief medical officer said on Tuesday afternoon, adding that the 40,000 doses were enough to inoculate 20,000 people.

Cecilia Muller noted that Hungarian health authorities had so far granted licences to five vaccines, while the government had made reservations for a total 19.7 million doses.

Hungary is expecting enough vaccines from Russia to inoculate 1 million people, and vaccines from China for another 2.5 million, Muller said. She said that 6.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were expected, adding that Hungary has so far received 500,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.

Muller stressed that all vaccines provided sufficient protection against the virus, preventing serious symptoms and complications.

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