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ORBÁN OUTLINES CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLANS

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán outlined his government's Covid-19 vaccination and economic recovery action plans in an address to lawmakers.
 

By the end of May, Hungary can have 3.5 million more people vaccinated against Covid-19 than a European Union country of similar size that only uses vaccines procured from the West, Orbán said in a speech ahead of the agenda at the first plenary meeting of parliament’s spring session. Hungary also has a realistic chance to have more than 2 million people vaccinated by early April, with everyone over the age of 60 who has registered for a Covid shot being inoculated, the prime minister added.
The government has also launched an action plan to relaunch the economy, he said. The plan’s seven steps will include a temporary reduction in the VAT rate on home construction from 27% to 5%, home renovation subsidies for families with at least one child, wage support for hard-hit sectors, an unprecedented wage increase for doctors, the gradual re-introduction of the annual pensioners’ bonus, a personal income tax exemption for Hungarians under the age of 25 and interest-free microloans for small businesses, Orbán said.