Restrictions In Hungary To Stay Due To EU's 'Appallingly Slow' Vaccine Purchases

  • 15 Jan 2021 7:45 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Restrictions In Hungary To Stay Due To EU's 'Appallingly Slow' Vaccine Purchases
Hungary’s coronavirus-related restrictions cannot be lifted due to the European Commission’s “appallingly slow vaccine purchase procedures”, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told a press conference.

“In the wake of Brussels’s pledges at the end of last year and at the beginning of 2021 it was expected that the EU would start vaccination with enormous speed, and restrictions in member countries could be eased,” Szijjártó said, but added that “it has not happened out of the EC’s fault”.

The minister also insisted that vaccines developed using EU funds “are the slowest to reach just the EU”, adding that residents in Britain, the US and Israel were being inoculated “at lightning speed”.

“This has created a scandalous situation, especially in light of the EC launching continuous attacks on countries, including us, trying to obtain vaccines from other sources,” Szijjártó said.

MTI Photo: Tibor Illyés

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