Hungary takes last delivery of Sinopharm vaccine


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The last of 5 million jabs of China's Sinopharm COVID vaccine Hungary has ordered will arrive in Budapest on Friday morning, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said in a video message posted on Facebook.

Szijjártó said the shipment of 500,000 jabs Hungary ordered had been topped up with a donation of 200,000 doses from China's Ministry of Defence.

"Hungary has received more vaccines, delivered earlier, from China than stipulated in its contract," Szijjártó said.

He added that the addition of Chinese and Russian vaccines to Hungary's vaccine mix had put the country about a month and a half ahead of the rest of Europe in terms of inoculating its population.

Hungary is using the Sinopharm vaccine and Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, as well as ones procured in a joint European Union order, in its vaccine rollout.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently listed the Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use, clearing the way for the vaccine's global rollout.


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