Szijjarto: Restrictions to stay due to EU’s ‘revoltingly slow’ vaccine purchases

Hungary's coronavirus-related restrictions cannot be lifted due to the European Commission's "revoltingly slow vaccine purchase procedures", Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Thursday, at a press conference held on a different subject.

“In the wake of Brussels’s pledges at the end of last year and at the beginning of 2021 it was expected that the EU would start vaccination with enormous speed, and restrictions in member countries could be eased,” Szijjarto said, but added that “it has not happened out of the EC’s fault”.

The minister also insisted that vaccines developed using EU funds “are the slowest to reach just the EU”, adding that residents in Britain, the US and Israel were being inoculated “at lightning speed”.

“This has created a scandalous situation, especially in light of the EC launching continuous attacks on countries, including us, trying to obtain vaccines from other sources,” Szijjarto said.

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