Budapest, Hungary (AP) — According to EU agency statistics, Hungary vaccinates more people than any other country in the European Union, but is one of the worst COVID-19 deaths in the world. Continues to be. per person.
According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the country of Central Europe is just in front of the small island nation of Malta, exceeding the block average of 27 members and administering at least the first vaccine to 21.6% of the population 12.3 %.
However, in addition to what the EU offers, the high vaccination rate in Hungary, a product of dose-securing procurement strategies from China and Russia, cannot delay the pandemic surge, according to Johns Hopkins University. Per capita in the world.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was critical of the speed of EU vaccine deployment and urged his country to break the block and secure vaccine contracts with eastern countries.Hungary is the first in the EU Approve Chinese Sinopharm Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine has increased supply and has become the EU’s leader in distributed doses per capita.
“We are in a very good position, at the forefront of the line, and both Russians and Chinese deliver in a timely manner,” Orban said in a radio interview on Friday.
Hungary last week Issue urgent approval Two more vaccines, Convidecia, a jab manufactured by Chinese company CanSino Biologics, and Covishield, a version of the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in India, bring the total number of approved jabs to seven, the highest in the EU. ..
However, officials have emphasized that only rapid deployment of vaccines can put an end to the pandemic, but Oban said on Friday that “vaccination is our primary and only defense against the virus. “. It led to record new cases and death.
As of Monday, in countries with a population of less than 10 million, more than 20,000 have died from coronavirus-related causes, the third lowest per capita mortality rate in the world.
Other countries in the region have imposed strict blockades to curb their own surge, but Hungary announced over the weekend. Plans to ease pandemic restrictions Despite the surge in numbers, efforts were made within a few days to restart the economy in a country where GDP fell 5.1% last year.
“There is no doubt that we will have a free summer in Hungary,” Oban said on Friday.
According to a plan released in the official government bulletin on Saturday, unwanted stores will be allowed to reopen with limited capacity, and the curfew after November will be reduced by two hours. Government ministers have announced that new measures will be taken when 2.5 million people receive their first dose of the vaccine. This may happen during the next week.