Hungary had to close on March 8, and since then, everybody has been guessing when the country will lift the strict restrictions. Officials regularly clear that the prerequisite of reopening is to reach at least 2.5 million vaccinated people. Thus, calculations are based on how quick the Hungarian inoculation program can be.
Minister of health, Miklós Kásler, talked about a possible reopening in May in a yesterday interview. Meanwhile, Béla Merkely, rector of Semmelweis University, said that those already inoculated might
receive some additional rights
to those who did not yet receive their vaccine or refuse to take it.
According to the Hír TV, Mr Kásler said in one of their evening shows that the number of inoculated people would be much lower in Hungary if the country did not buy vaccines from Eastern states. He added that all types of vaccines have all the internationally demanded data, so they are safe and effective. He cleared that during the epidemic
we can save lives with the help of vaccines regardless of where they come from.
He criticised opposition parties which demanded a reopening in February, while they said at the beginning of March that they would have introduced the restrictions earlier than the government. He said that the Hungarian healthcare system did not collapse and will not unless something catastrophic happens in Europe.
He also cleared that, based on his calculations, Hungary can reopen among the first European countries in May or June unless a new virus variant comes.
According to hvg.hu, professor Béla Merkely, rector of the Semmelweis University, said on Sunday that those who already received a vaccine or got the infection before would have additional rights. For example, they
will be able to sit on the terrace of a café.
Furthermore, he added that those who did not get the vaccine or refuse to take it would not be able to move to where they want even if the majority of the population received their jabs.
Source: Hír TV, hvg.hu, Daily News Hungary