Hungary has gone around the EU’s centralised vaccine initiative to secure two million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V jab breaking ranks with other member states.
The Sun reports that the vaccine has now been given approval in Hungry along with Britain’s Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in another bypassing of Brussels which has yet to approve either inoculation.
There are some concerns about Russia’s vaccine which experts believe has failed to go through rigorous testing compared to vaccines created in Britain and America.
The EU has been criticised for acting slowly on securing vaccine supplies, and for purposely delaying efforts to vaccinate Europe by making sure each member state had access to jabs at the same time.
As we reported yesterday, the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition (OGYÉI) said that Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine had been approved in Hungary after establishing that it was effective and safe and the National Public Health Centre (NNK) would be checking every shipment of the vaccine separately.
“The vaccine can only be used in Hungary if the laboratory tests confirm that it is of acceptable quality,” the institute said.
Source: The Sun