During the third wave of the coronavirus epidemic, the Hungarian government started taking action late. Many believe the government did not think the third wave would be that strong. Is it possible that Fidesz tried to avoid revealing the bad situation of Hungarian healthcare by spreading vaccination propaganda?
Direkt36 journalists tried to find an answer to this question. During the third wave of the coronavirus, the greatest threat was posed by various viral mutations. However, despite the spread of the British variant and the negative examples seen in other countries, the Hungarian government announced the closure of schools and shops only in March.
According to government sources, Fidesz was confident that the vaccination program could escape the third wave. The government’s goal was to avoid strict closures, since according to opinion polls,
the closures could degrade the party’s popularity.
Among other things, the number of Hungarians who died of the virus by the end of March was one of the highest in the international population due to the late measures. The government has tried to listen to this and steer the public more towards vaccination. The Hungarian vaccination campaign was really successful. This also required PM Viktor Orbán, unlike the EU, to procure vaccines from the East. Chinese and Russian vaccines have contributed to the occasional development of vaccine abundance, although the efficacy of oriental vaccines is still disputed.
László Bucsi, the director of the hospital in Székesfehérvár, broke the silence. During the low tide of the third wave in April, Bucsi spoke honestly about the severity of the epidemic and the pressure on hospital workers.
“In our intensive care unit, among those who get on a machine, 84 per cent doesn’t come off the machine. 84 out of 100 people die!”
This is an excerpt from Bucsi’s speech. Neither before nor after did any director of a Hungarian hospital comment on the difficulties caused by the coronavirus. The Hungarian government did not allow healthcare professionals to make the statement. Opinions are divided as to whether this has helped or hindered control of the epidemic. Some say the presence of the media in hospitals only exacerbates the panic. Others, on the other hand, believe that by presenting the problematic situation in Hungarian health care, people would have found it easier to comply with the restrictions caused by the coronavirus, and more people would have chosen vaccination. Portfolio.hu writes that due to the problems of the public health care system, more and more people are choosing private care.
Source: Direkt36, portfolio.hu