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In Hungary, where the virus has killed nearly 15,000, the number of deaths, contaminations and hospitalizations is on the rise again. The English variant is rapidly gaining ground and the South African variant has been spotted. Also, Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced measures. On Friday, the President of the Republic Janos Ader received the first dose of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine in front of the cameras. Hungary is the only one of the 27 member states of the European community to administer Russian and Chinese vaccines, although the latter have not received approval from the European regulator.
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With our correspondent in Budapest, Florence La Bruyère
With a hundred deaths per day, and nearly 5,000 new contaminations, the third wave is here. Hence the measures announced by Prime Minister Viktor Orban: “The situation is so serious that hospitals must go back to crisis management. The directors of the hospitals are helped by the military. We're on high alert, like in April and November.
Russian and Chinese vaccines, that is the lifeline. Hungary is the only country in the European Union to have bought it, in defiance of Community rules. Budapest has ordered 5 million doses from Beijing. It was necessary, according to Viktor Orban, who criticizes the slowness of Europe. These two vaccines, Sputnik V and the product from Sinopharm, have not been authorized by the European Medicines Agency. For the good reason that, so far, the Russian and Chinese authorities have not submitted a formal request for approval.
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"If we did not have Russian and Chinese vaccines, we would be in trouble! I too will receive the Chinese vaccine, said Viktor Orban. And by Easter, everyone who registers will be able to receive at least one dose. "
Of the 9.8 million inhabitants, nearly half a million have already received a first dose (mainly with the Pfizer vaccine so far, and the Chinese batches will take over). Hungary is expected to soon have the highest vaccination rate in the European Union, according to Viktor Orban.
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