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HUF 5 tln earmarked for economic recovery in 2021-22

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Hungary's government is allocating HUF 5 trillion for the economic recovery this year and next, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a weekly interview on public radio on Friday, according to a report by news agency MTI.

"We will earmark HUF 5,000 billion for the economic recovery in 2021 and 2022," Orbán said on Kossuth Rádió.

The PM reiterated the government's "commitment" to creating as many jobs as ones that have been lost because of the coronavirus crisis.

"I don't just see hope, I see the chance for everybody to get back on their feet successfully, for everybody to get back their jobs or to get new jobs to replace the ones they've lost," he said.

Orbán said the number of Hungarians vaccinated against the coronavirus could double in the coming six weeks.

"If we can implement our vaccination rollout plan in the next six weeks, we will be out of the water, we'll be over [the pandemic]," he said.

The PM also noted that the government is working to substitute doses of the Janssen COVID vaccine, adding that "chances are good" the 580,000 Janssen jabs Hungary ordered could be replaced. 

Johnson and Johnson said on Tuesday that it decided to "proactively delay the rollout" of the Janssen vaccine in Europe after becoming aware of an "extremely rare disorder" involving people with blood clots who got the jab.

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