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Gov't issues decree expediting COVID-19 vaccine approval

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The government has issued a decree expediting approval of medicines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that have been approved in other countries and used by at least 1 million people in the latest issue of the official gazette Magyar Közlöny, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, announced the expedited procedure for COVID-19 vaccines at a weekly press briefing on Thursday.

The decree stipulates that the Hungarian medicines authority may issue emergency approval for COVID-19 medicines "on the basis of or acknowledgement of" licenses issued in European Economic Community (EEC) countries, the United Kingdom or "at least three countries, including one which is a European Union member or a candidate for accession", and which have been used by "at least 1 million" people.

The decree mandates the foreign minister to determine whether the treatment threshold has been reached.

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