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Hungary became the first European Union country to approve the use of China’s Covid-19 vaccine amid a government effort by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to cut off what authorities described as the start of a third wave of pandemics.
National drug regulator published documentation for Sinopharm vaccine late Friday, paving the way for authorities to start giving them from next week. Although the Chinese recording can be given to all adults, the regulator said more information is needed to assess its effectiveness for people over 60.
The Chinese footage will complement the vaccines from Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE, Modern Inc, Astrazeneca Plc as well as the Russian Sputnik V which are already deployed in Hungary. The state of 9.8 million people has vaccinated 391,821 people since Thursday. The government plans to vaccinate more than one million by the end of February.