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Hungary clears CanSino, Covishield vaccines

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Hungary's National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition (OGYÉI) has cleared a COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's CanSino and another, called Covishield, developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, but made under license in India, Hungary's chief medical officer said at a daily press briefing on Monday.

Cecília Müller said both the CanSino and AstraZeneca/Oxford products are vector vaccines, adding that she hoped the addition of the two to Hungary's vaccine mix would boost deliveries.

Until now, Hungary has inoculated its population with the BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, the European-made AstraZeneca-Oxford, Chinese Sinopharm, and Russian Sputnik V vaccines.

Müller noted that 16% of the population, or 1.59 million people, had already had their first jab of COVID-19 vaccine, but added that the third wave of the pandemic was in an "extraordinarily dynamic phase".

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