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Variety of approved vaccines advantageous for Hungary

Having as many as five Covid-19 vaccines approved by Hungary's drug authority is an advantage in the fight against the disease, Bela Merkely, the rector of Budapest's medical Semmelweis University, said on Sunday.

Public trust in the vaccine is continuously rising, Merkely told public broadcaster Kossuth Radio, adding that 99.9 percent of doctors and 87 percent of other health workers at Semmelweis University have already been inoculated.

Getting vaccinated against Covid-19 gives one a nearly 100 percent chance of avoiding a severe case of the disease, he said, adding that a vaccine recipient who did contract coronavirus would likely experience “nothing more than a cold”.

The important thing, he said, was to have as many vaccines on hand as possible and to administer them nationwide as quickly as possible so that “life in the country can get back to normal”.

Countries that prolong their vaccination campaigns for up to a year will incur far greater losses than those that are able to vaccinate the majority of their populations within a matter of a few months, Merkely said.

Asked about China’s Sinopharm vaccine, the rector said the jab, similarly to the flu shot, was based on a tried and tested technology using an inactivated virus. “This is a method that’s been in use for over fifty years and there’s a lot of experience behind it,” he added.

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