Hungary seals deal to acquire Russian COVID-19 vaccine

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Hungary has signed a contract to acquire Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said at a press conference in Moscow on Friday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Speaking at the joint press conference with Russian Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko streamed live on Facebook, Szijjártó said a "large volume" of the Sputnik V vaccine would be delivered to Hungary in three phases.

He said further details would be announced later on Friday.

"Accelerating the pace of inoculation in Hungary will defend human lives...and create the possibility of a quicker return to normality as well as an earlier end to restrictions, supporting the defense of workplaces," Szijjártó said.

Szijjártó thanked Murashko for his help and acknowledged the cooperation of Russian experts with their Hungarian counterparts.

"This is an important day for Hungarian-Russian cooperation and for the fight against the pandemic," he said.

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