In a videoconference with Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, which was uploaded to the PM’s Facebook page, Szijjártó is heard telling Orbán that Hungary’s most advanced talks on acquiring a vaccine are with Russia. The preliminary results show Russia’s vaccine, Sputnik V, is 92% effective, he said, adding that Hungary will receive a sample of the Russian vaccine within a week and a half, after which it will undergo laboratory testing. Hungary has also signed a contract with China’s state-owned vaccine developer, one of the three companies working on a Covid-19 vaccine in the country.
Orbán said Hungary “isn’t looking bad” in terms of acquiring vaccines developed in the West, either. “We’re able to obtain vaccines from everywhere.”
Meanwhile, Orbán noted that a new government decree states that members of the government can return to work only in possession of two negative tests taken 48 hours apart. In the video, Szijjártó said his illness was “more stressful mentally than physically”. The foreign minister tested positive on Nov. 4, during official engagements in Asia.