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Hungary to cooperate with Israeli firm on test kit production

Orbán: Effective governance ‘key to success’ in fight against pandemic

Effective governance is key to fighting the coronavirus pandemic successfully, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in Jerusalem on Thursday. Orbán met his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis in King David Hotel to focus on efforts to halt the pandemic.

Orbán said he visited Israel in order to form an understanding of how that country had become a “world champion” in the fight against the pandemic and how Hungary could follow its example.

The prime minister praised “the living friendship” between Hungary and Israel, and noted that two-way trade had continued to increase — even last year when global trade plummeted by several points.

Orbán noted the two governments had promoted an Israeli investment project to manufacture ventilators in Hungary.

“We have learned that in times of a pandemic it is better to be a supplier than a buyer,” he said.

Orbán said today’s world was full of uncertainties, referring to the widespread view that the global community would be facing a series of pandemics.

Netanyahu proposed that Hungary should participate in international efforts to establish facilities in Israel for the development of new vaccines and medications.

The sides agreed that Hungary would join the Israeli initiative to introduce “green certificates” for those who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Hungary to cooperate with Israeli firm on test kit production

Hungary will expand cooperation with a partner Israeli company to include the production of coronavirus testing kits in Hungary, Peter Szijjarto, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, said on Thursday.

Because of the likely emergence of new virus mutations and uncertainty as to how long immunity lasts after a person has been vaccinated, demand for quality test kits is expected to remain high, Szijjarto told MTI from Jerusalem.

The Israeli firm in question started manufacturing “cutting-edge” ventilators in Hungary last spring, Szijjarto said, adding that Hungary has now acquired capacities for the production of another important component in the fight against the pandemic.

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