The Slovak government has made its ventilator purchases at some 50% of the price at which its Hungarian counterpart did, the deputy leader of opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) told a press conference. László Varju said that the ventilators to Slovakia cost an average 27,000 euros each, while the Hungarian foreign ministry paid 54,000 euros.
Varju went on to say that Hungary had also bought Slovak-made ventilators “a lot more expensive than 27,000 euros” from a company “which could not sell a single ventilator to its own government”. According to Varju, the figures are “further evidence for government corruption”.
In reaction, ruling Fidesz said that while the leftist opposition had been “obstructing” preventive efforts, “thousands of health, foreign affairs and law-enforcement officials were working to provide all equipment to save lives”.