Hungarians living in Transcarpathia will be offered vaccinations in late May or early June, according to some sources, with the Sputnik V vaccine. It is not yet known whether “vaccine tourists” can choose from the other types of vaccines accredited in Hungary.
The possibility of vaccinating Hungarians in Transcarpathia has impressed the Ukrainian press. A freshly published article of Vesti.ua reported about the promise of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, according to which Hungarian compatriots living outside the borders will also have the opportunity to receive vaccines in Hungary.
Hungarians living in Ukraine would be offered vaccinations in late May or early June, according to some sources, with the Sputnik V vaccine.
Dmitro Razumkov, Chairman of the Supreme Council, stated that Ukraine is grateful for the support of Hungary in the field of vaccination. As he said: “It would be good to vaccinate people regardless of nationality and place of residence. It is important that the vaccine complies with all regulations in Ukraine”. However, he also added: ”As is well known, Sputnik does not meet the requirements,” for which he did not provide further explanation.
The latter has been confirmed by Hrihori Mazurasu, an MP and member of the Ukrainian-Hungarian interparliamentary group who, besides supporting the assistance provided by Hungary, also added that “Ukraine will not buy Sputnik V vaccines, as it is sold by the aggressor country, Russia.”
“Ukraine will have to control this process to make sure everything goes safely. It is a shame, of course, that such a large European country needs humanitarian aid to fight the coronavirus, but the health of its citizens is more important”, adding that he believes that the possibility of vaccinating Ukrainian citizens with Sputnik should also be offered for those who have such a demand.
According to some political analysts, vaccination with Sputnik could undermine the policy of the Ukrainian authorities, while other experts say it could not be a source of conflict.
In addition to Hungary, Poland is also ready to help Ukraine.
The article of Vesti.ua also reports that it is not yet known whether “vaccine tourists” can choose from other types of vaccines accredited in Hungary.