Cecilia Muller → Photo: MTI

Russian vaccine gets green light for use

Tests of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, conducted by public health authority NNK, have yielded good results which means that "it can be used in Hungary from now on", the chief medical officer told public media.

Cecilia Muller said that Hungary was expecting to receive enough of the Russian vaccine to inoculate one million people, as well as supplies of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine for another 2.5 million people.

Muller noted that the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines had earlier been granted licences for use in the country.

Concerning the various vaccines, Muller said that “any of the vaccines is better than living in peril uninoculated”, and insisted that all vaccine technologies yielded products effective against the coronavirus.

Muller encouraged residents to get vaccinated, saying that Hungary’s “balanced” coronavirus statistics gave no reason to “sit back”. Case numbers have been stagnating, but traces of the virus in sewage water indicate “a slight increase in some places”, she said, adding that “as many people as possible should get the vaccine soon”.

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