Hungary has lent an additional batch of 200,000 Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines to the Czech Republic. The shipment was delivered to Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis by Hungarian Ambassador Miklós Boros on Friday.
Babis expressed thanks for Hungary’s repeated help at the handover event in Prague’s central military hospital. Previously, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó delivered a total of 149,000 Pfizer vaccines that Hungary lent to the Czech Republic in June and July. Under an agreement, the Czech Republic will
return all the vaccines to Hungary by the end of this year.
The Hungarian Medical Chamber (MOK) has welcomed a Friday announcement that coronavirus vaccination would be made mandatory for health-care staff. “At present this measure could ensure protection to both patients and staff,” MOK said on its website.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced the planned measure earlier on Friday. The chamber said it did not have official statistics showing the vaccination rate of health professionals, but added that it was higher than the Hungarian average.
The board of nurse association MESZK expressed its support for the introduction of mandatory Covid vaccination on Friday. The organisation said on its website that taking the vaccine will ensure that in case of a new wave of the pandemic, health workers will not get infected and they will not pass on the infection.
“Let’s show an example and let’s all take the vaccine,”