Hungary approves Russian vaccine
Hungary is the first European nation to approve Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. Hungary’s drug regulator granted emergency approval for Russia’s Sputnik V and the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca, Cabinet Minister Gergely Gulyas said at a briefing on Thursday.
“If vaccine shipments arrive at this rate from Brussels, we can only get vaccines from other, alternative sources,” Gergely Gulyas said on Thursday. Budapest’s move to obtain the Russian vaccine will increase pressure on the EU’s joint coronavirus strategy.
So far, almost 140,000 people have already been vaccinated in Hungary with the Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. With a population of 9.8m, Hungary’s Covid-19 death toll stands at 11,700, with most of the deaths occurring in the second wave of the pandemic, which hit central Europe worst than the first.