Hungary is weighing whether to participate in clinical trials of the coronavirus vaccine being developed by Russia, Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler said on Monday.
As we wrote on Novermber, the sample of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine has arrived in Budapest, read details HERE.
Between 3,000 and 5,000 Hungarians could participate in the trial, Kásler told an online press conference.
A delegation of Hungarian medical experts who visited Russia last week have reported that the development of the Russian vaccine is taking place “in line with conditions prescribed by the WHO”, he added.
Some 22,000 volunteers have already been inoculated with Sputnik V,
the minister said, and are being continuously monitored by doctors.
Hungary is in talks with every producer developing a potential coronavirus vaccine and has prospects to have various types available in the first quarter of 2021, Cecília Müller, the chief medical officer, said on Monday.
A vaccine will be a “great potential new instrument for controlling the epidemic”,
she told a regular online press conference.
She noted the website vakcinainfo.gov.hu the government will soon launch for voluntary registration for people wishing to be inoculated.
Hungarian hospitals continue to cope with the current load, with a total of 7,932 Covid-19 patients needing therapy, she said, giving reassurance that all conditions were in place to provide appropriate care to all of them.