Chinese vaccine 'more promising' in terms of timeframe, volume - Orbán

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A Chinese COVID-19 vaccine could be available sooner and in greater quantities than another one being developed in Russia, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview on public radio on Sunday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

"We know that the Russian vaccine is good, but there isn't enough and there probably won't be enough because there are production capacity limitations. On the other hand, the Chinese vaccine is more promising: it appears it will be available sooner and in greater quantities," Orbán said on Kossuth Rádió.

Hungary will get millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the framework of a joint European Union order from pharmaceutical companies in the West, but it has also looked into getting vaccines being developed in Russia, China, and Israel.

"Under ideal circumstances, it will be the case that you can choose whether to be immunized with a vaccine from the West or from China, although the Chinese vaccine is not available yet either," Orbán said. 

He said Hungarian experts were in Beijing reviewing laboratories where the vaccine is being produced, and the final decision on whether to use the vaccine would be taken by the Hungarian medicines authority.

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