Hungary and Russia have signed an agreement on deliveries of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said Friday.
“The acceleration of vaccination is a national priority. Due to slow vaccine deliveries, we have been forced to look for a new source to ensure rapid deliveries of a reliable vaccine. It is a great honor and pleasure for me to announce that we have signed an agreement today, under which Russia will deliver the vaccine to Hungary in three stages,” Szijjarto said after talks with Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko in Moscow. The rapid vaccination will save many lives of Hungarian citizens, the foreign minister continued. “The parties discussed the implementation of the agreements reached at the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Commission, which was held in Budapest on November 27, 2020. Cooperation in the health sector and deliveries of Russian Sputnik V vaccines in particular to Hungary were the key topic,” the Russian ministry said in a statement. According to Murashko, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has signed a contract with Hungary on vaccine deliveries. On Thursday, Hungary became the first European nation to license the Sputnik V vaccine.
by Xavier Cuesta – European Correspondent – EN