Hungary Receives First Moderna Vaccines

  • 13 Jan 2021 10:02 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Hungary Receives First Moderna Vaccines
Hungary has received its first shipment of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine, public news channel M1 said.

A total of 7,000 doses of the vaccine arrived shortly after 10am, sufficient to inoculate 3,500 people.

A police escort accompanied the van transporting the vaccine from Belgium.

The vaccines are kept under constant surveillance, and digital thermometers ensure that it is kept at a temperature below -25°C.

M1 said that according to unconfirmed information, the vaccine will be used to vaccinate residents of elderly care homes.

Meanwhile, Cecília Müller, the chief medical officer, told a press conference that one vial of the vaccine can provide ten doses.

Hungary inoculated 78,579 people against Covid-19 by Monday evening, mainly health-care workers and elderly care home residents, using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Müller said.

Hungary took delivery of the first shipment of Pfizer’s vaccine on Dec. 26. It is set to receive a total of 4.4 million doses of the vaccine before the end of the year.

The government has placed orders for more than 19 million Covid vaccine doses, sufficient to inoculate 10 million people, Müller has said.

MTI Photo: Szilárd Koszticsák

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