Summary of the current situation with restrictions and vaccines.
The government maintains the epidemiological protection measures until the 1st of March, announced Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office on kormányinfó on Thursday.
According to the minister, they will ask the parliament to extend the epidemiological emergency. The keeping of restrictions will be reviewed in the second half of February. There may be alleviation in two cases: if there is a significant reduction in the number of people infected, or if there is enough vaccine.
The minister said the measures that came into force in November managed to curb the spread of the epidemic, but in the absence of vaccination, any alleviation could lead to deterioration.
“We know that it is difficult to comply with the rules, but we are grateful that most Hungarian citizens have complied with the rules,”said the minister.
According to Mr. Gulyás, we must do everything to achieve 70 percent vaccination, so they are negotiating with others.
The Astra Zeneca vaccine has been approved by British and Hungarian doctors, but as it has not yet been approved by the European Medicines Agency, it has not yet been used in the European Union.
The Sputnik V vaccine was approved by the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition after a 2-month examination and is a safe vaccine. This is also confirmed by the fact that Germany is also dealing with its approval. Hungary has already signed an agreement with the Russians if Russia can keep it, by the end of February, enough vaccines will be available for 300,000 people. Hungary has bought two million doses of coronavirus vaccine from Russia to inoculate one million people, said Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, after discussing the vaccines with Sergei Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia, in Moscow. The vaccine will arrive in Hungary in three stages. We will have enough to inoculate 300,000 people in the first month, half a million in the second month, and 200,000 in the third one.
The Chinese Sinopharm is also efficient. The results are excellent, 15 million people have been vaccinated worldwide.
As the vaccination is voluntary, everyone can decide which one they want. The government has decided that to speed up the licensing process, all vaccines used in the world that have been inoculated to more than 1 million people could be licensed, they said.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke last week about the vaccine factory in Debrecen, which has begun planning, and the foundation stone of it was laid in the University Industrial Park on Vezér Street in the summer. He explained:
they ordered the construction of a factory that, in any case, if they can develop a vaccine, can produce many vaccines, and this factory will be built in Debrecen.
Earlier, we also reported that Oltóanyaggyár Ltd. was registered at the end of the year, which was intended to coordinate the development and production of vaccines in Hungary at the factory of Debrecen.