Hungary starts using China’s coronavirus vaccine in EU first

Hungary  (HRNW) Hungary on Wednesday became the first EU nation to start using China’s Sinopharm vaccine against the coronavirus, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said.

“Today we begin to inoculate with the Chinese vaccines,” Orban said in a Facebook video message.

Hungary – whose population is around 10 million – has ordered five million doses of the Chinese jab.

A planned 275,000 inoculations can be administered this week from the first batch of Sinopharm doses that arrived earlier this month, a health official said Tuesday.

Also this month Hungary began using Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, another EU first.

Budapest has often clashed with Brussels, especially on migration, and has repeatedly criticised what it says is the slow pace of vaccine approval and procurement by EU authorities.

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