Watch: Hungary Approves Oxford & Sputnik V Covid Jabs

  • 21 Jan 2021 8:01 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Watch: Hungary Approves Oxford & Sputnik V Covid Jabs
Hungarian authorities have approved Russia’s Sputnik V and the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines, news portal Origo reported.

Hungary is the first European Union country where vaccination can be started with these two vaccines, Origo said.

The AstraZeneca vaccine is already in use in Britain but the EU medicine authority is not expected to approve it before the end of January.

The vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca is cheaper and easier to transport than Pfizer and BioNTech’s similar products.

A total of 200 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were produced in 2020 and once the necessary licences are issued, monthly output can total up to 200 million, the website said. The vaccine is based on a safe and well-known method of injecting modified chimpanzee adenovirus in the body which is completely safe for humans.

Origo also noted that some 1.5 million people have been vaccinated with the Sputnik V shot in Russia and it has been registered in six countries including Serbia.

It is based on two human adenoviruses containing the gene that encodes the spike protein to stimulate an immune response.
Origo added that the two manufacturers have been in talks on cooperation since Dec. 8.


Related links

Hungary Won’t Use Russian Vaccine

Video: Russian Vaccine Sample Delivered To Hungary

Watch: Hungary Starts Direct Vaccine Negotiations, Against EU's Wishes

  • How does this content make you feel?

XpatLoop Media Partner

Hungary Matters

Launched in January 2014, this newsletter published on week days covers 'everything you need to know about what’s going on in Hungary and beyond', according to its publisher the state media agency MTI.