MOSCOW, February 13 – RIA Novosti. Hungary has begun using the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the Daily News Hungary reports, citing the Hungarian government portal on the spread of COVID-19.
Earlier, Hungary approved the vaccines AstraZeneca and Sputnik V for use in the country. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Siyjarto later said that Hungary and Russia had entered into an agreement for the supply of Russian vaccine against coronavirus. At the end of January, the Hungarian National Institute of Pharmacology and Nutrition also approved a coronavirus vaccine from the Chinese company Sinopharm for use. The country also uses drugs Pfizer and Moderna, which are approved at the EU level.
Hungarian doctors made the first vaccinations with the Russian vaccine on Thursday, the portal notes.
The vaccine is administered in four hospitals in Budapest to elderly people who have registered in advance for vaccination and meet certain criteria. In particular, as the newspaper writes, the Hungarian authorities decided that the vaccine does not need to be administered to patients with certain chronic diseases. This decision was made in accordance with Russian documentation, which states that due diligence must be exercised with such patients.
The Sputnik V vaccine has already been approved in more than 20 countries. According to the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Russia's Sputnik V vaccine is one of the world's top three coronavirus vaccines in terms of government approvals, overtaking three vaccines from China.