Hungary to get coronavirus vaccine in winter, says Orbán

Hungary will get a first shipment of coronavirus vaccines in December or January, and will be able to “declare victory over the pandemic” by next spring, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said today.

Orbán said Hungary was talking to China and Russia and could have access to two or three different vaccines by early next year, Reuters reported. As yet, there is no clinically proven vaccine against the coronavirus.

Orbán said in a radio interview that there were enough hospital beds and ventilators to treat coronavirus patients and he believes “the key is to obey the existing rules … and that masks must be worn.”

According to Reuters, on Thursday the number of coronavirus cases in Hungary rose to 68,127, with 56 new deaths — taking the total death toll to 1,634 — and there are 3,197 COVID-19 patients in hospitals.

On Tuesday, the Hungarian Medical Chamber called on the government to limit shop opening times for the elderly and to tighten the existing rules on mask-wearing.

Hungary has yet to impose restrictions on mass events, with schools, shops and football matches all operating normally throughout most of the pandemic.

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