“We must hold out in the fight against coronavirus until a vaccine is delivered,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview with public news channel M1 on Tuesday.
The vaccine is now in sight and it will be the only solution against the virus, Orbán said.
Hungary will receive doses of a Covid-19 vaccine from the European Union and possibly from other places as well from late December and January, he said.
Orbán said he expects those doses to be enough to vaccinate doctors, nurses, hospital staff, those working to uphold the public order and possibly patients in the most critical condition.
The prime minister added that
he was also trying to keep the options for importing a vaccine from China, Russia or Israel “on the table”.
Hungary is not expected to begin importing large quantities of the vaccine from Europe before April but may import mass quantities of it from elsewhere while receiving smaller quantities from Europe, he said.
“There will be a partial relief in late December or January and Hungary will be free [of the pandemic] in April,”
Orbán said. “We will get over it in the end and we will achieve victory,” he said.
Orbán also announced that
face masks will be made mandatory in all public spaces from midnight on Tuesday.