- 28 Dec 2020 8:48 AM
- Hungary Matters
The first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine, which arrived in Hungary early on Saturday, contained 9,750 doses, enough to inoculate 4,875 health-care workers.
Szlávik said Hungary was set to receive larger quantities of the vaccine later.
He said numerous studies had affirmed the safety of the vaccine, adding, at the same time, that it may come with the same side effects experienced after other shots like pain at the point of injection, a slight temperature the day after receiving the vaccine or muscle aches.
The health authorities will be extremely cautious in the case of vaccine recipients who in the past have suffered a severe allergic reaction or shock after consuming certain foods or beverages, he added.
Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler also welcomed the arrival of the vaccine. “Though we still have to wait to begin mass vaccinations, today we took a significant step in terms of curbing the epidemic,” he said.
The first vaccine shipment crossed Hungary’s border with Austria and was transported to Budapest’s South Pest Central Hospital under police guard.
MTI Photo: Zsolt Czeglédi