Hungary refused to buy the coronavirus vaccine from Russia, despite the existing agreements. On Thursday, December 31, Reuters reports with reference to the head of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s administration.
According to the agency, the main reason for this decision was the lack of vaccine production capacity. As a result, the country plans to establish vaccine procurement through the EU supply mechanisms or directly from China.
Earlier Reuters reported that Hungary received the first samples of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine in early December. Later it became known that in total the country received 6 thousand doses of the vaccine from Russia. At the same time, the Hungarian side admitted that Sputnik V is being produced taking into account the latest technologies and in accordance with the protocols of the World Health Organization.
Hungary’s decision to purchase a Russian vaccine first became known at the end of October. At the same time, the European Commission warned Budapest that if any of the EU countries purchases a foreign vaccine that has not passed certification, measures will be taken. They noted that vaccines developed by Russia or China will never become part of the EU’s vaccination strategy.