Hungary’s new rudeness to the EU: Orbán authorizes two more vaccines that are not in the Commission’s catalog. They are the Chinese Cancino and the Indian CoviShield, who join Sputnik V and Sinopharm.
The Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, at the time of being vaccinated with the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, not authorized in the EU.
The Hungarian health authorities have authorized the use of two new vaccines against covid, the Chinese Cancino and the Indian CoviShield , the head of the Hungarian health service, Cecília Müller, announced on Monday.
The National Institute of Pharmacology (OGYÉI) has authorized the importation of these two new drugs, explained Müller in a telematic press conference, without giving details about any quantities ordered and dates of shipment.
The new vaccines would be added to two others – the Chinese Sinopharm and the Russian Sputnik V – with which the Central European country already immunizes the population despite the fact that these drugs do not have the green light for use in the European Union.
It is “a race against time”, since the spread of the coronavirus in the country is of “extraordinary dynamics” , he stressed. On January 28, the Hungarian authorities announced that they would authorize all vaccines against the coronavirus that have already been administered to at least one million people in the world. A day later, the prime minister, the conservative ultranationalist, Viktor Orbán, reported the green light for China’s Sinopharm.
According to the latest data published by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the incidence of infections in 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants in Hungary stands at 934 cases , while in the last two weeks there were registered 207 deaths per million inhabitants due to covid. With these figures, the country is the third most affected by the pandemic in the EU at the moment.
This is despite the fact that it is one of those that is vaccinating its population the fastest , thanks to the vaccines from China and Russia, which are added to the western ones Pfizer-BioNTEch, Moderna and AstraZeneca, ordered through Brussels.