Hungary has become the first European Union nation to approve the use of a COVID-19 vaccine made in China and the Hungarian doctors have started administering Sinopharm jab on Wednesday.
The government of Hungary decided to procure vaccines from China and Russia amid slow speed of the EU’s vaccine procurement program, even though the public lacks trust in Eastern vaccines, reported the Associated Press.
A survey of 1,000 people in the capital of Budapest by pollster Median and the 21 Research Center showed that among those willing to be vaccinated, only 27% would take a Chinese vaccine and 43% a Russian vaccine, compared to 84% who would take a jab developed in Western countries. Also Read: US goes past 500,000 COVID-19 related deaths! That’s more than combined death toll of World War I, World War II, and Vietnam War
“I ask for all fears to be dispelled about the Chinese and Russian vaccines, because more than 30 million people have received these vaccines without any particular problems,” Hungary’s chief medical officer, Cecilia Muller told media.
“Every vaccine available in Hungary is safe and able to provide protection against virus infection. This is true of the Eastern vaccines as well despite all rumors to the contrary,” State Secretary Dr. Istvan Gyorgy Gyorgy said.
Hungary has procured 550,000 doses of Sinopharm so far, along with 774,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, and smaller shipments of vaccines from AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Russia’s Sputnik V. Also Read: When can we assume to have coronavirus under control? Not, until there’re fewer than 100 COVID-related deaths a day!
In an interview with public radio late last month, Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, said he would personally choose to be inoculated with the Sinopharm vaccine.
“I’m waiting for the Chinese vaccine, I trust in that the most,” Orban said. “I think the Chinese have known this virus for the longest, and they probably know it the best.” Also Read: COVID-19 – Misleading information on coronavirus vaccine, infertility and miscarriage worries health authorities