Hungary, the only EU country to approve the Russian vaccine

Hungary signs an agreement to buy two million doses of the Russian vaccine. It is the only EU country that has done so, breaking ranks with Brussels. Mátyás Szentiványi, general director of the country’s pharmaceutical authority (OÉGYI), stated that The issuance of the license is usually a long process, but which has now been completed in two months, the experts of the agency, for their part, “found the vaccine convincing.”

The OÉGYI is now awaiting the opinion of the National Center for Public Health on whether the drug complies with the necessary documentation, which may take a few weeks to process. The vector vaccine based on a modified adenovirus, called Sputnik V, already used in 6 countries, including Serbia. One and a half million people in Russia have already been vaccinated with it.

However, the documentation on phase III clinical trials has yet to be published in a credible scientific journal, so the western scientific world is skeptical of the 92-95% efficacy news from Russia. At the same time, Astrazeneca is collaborating with the Sputnik V developers to develop a joint vaccine.

The country’s Foreign Minister, Peter SZijjarto, has ensured that the delivery of the vaccines will take place in three phases: 600,000 units will arrive the first month, one million the second, and 200,000 the third.

“The vaccine can come from the EU or China”

Six thousand doses of Sputnik V arrived in Hungary in December, according to Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler, 3,000 Hungarians volunteered to experiment with it. Gergely Gulyás, head of the Prime Minister’s Office, told ATV on New Year’s Eve that Russia does not have enough production capacity. “We are happy to participate in the trials, but the vaccines may arrive en masse as part of the acquisition from the EU or China,” said Gulyás.

A few days ago, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced that one million Chinese Sinopharm vaccines, which Hungary has agreed with the manufacturer, are awaiting permission from OGYÉI. By comparison, OGYÉI has now licensed the Russian vaccine. In addition, the OÉGYI issued the permit in such a way that it is not yet possible to vaccinate with Sputnik V, because the National Center for Public Health must investigate for several more weeks whether the reality corresponds to the Russian documentation on which the OÉGYI issued the Excuse me.

The Russians are already sending the contract

In a statement issued early Wednesday night, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó reported that he had already sent the draft agreement of the Russian State Investment Fund, which manages the sale of the Russian vaccine, on which Russia would supply the vaccine. to Hungary.

Origo was also known to have received a similar authorization for the Oxford / Astrazeneca vaccine. Its authorization is promised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) at the end of January, which has already been vaccinated in the United Kingdom. However, its acquisition is part of the EU package, so it is questionable what the country would gain if it failed to obtain more in the next nine days. The news of Astrazeneca’s license has yet to be confirmed by other sources.