- 19 May 2021 10:13 AM
- Hungary Matters
So far 4,790,996 people have received a first jab, while 2,774,416 have been fully vaccinated.
The number of active infections has declined to 121,746, while hospitals are treating 1,908 Covid patients, 224 of whom need respiratory assistance.
Since the first outbreak, 799,588 infections have been registered, while fatalities have risen to 29,329.
Fully 648,513 people have made a recovery.
There are 16,027 people in official quarantine, while 5,670,793 tests have been officially carried out.
Vaccinations Raise Hope For Future, Says President
The epidemic in Hungary may be left behind more than a year after its outbreak thanks to mass vaccinations, President János Áder told a conference late on Monday.
“There’s still much suffering, and we have to face up to the losses we’ve sustained, but people who get vaccinated can now enjoy effective protection against the virus,” Áder told the Friends of Hungary conference held online.
“After more than a year’s uncertainty … we can now take back the initiative from the virus.”
Hungary is one of the countries with the best inoculation rates, Áder noted. The president praised Katalin Karikó, the Hungarian biochemist whose team has developed the technology at the root of mRNA vaccines.
It is thanks to her and her colleagues, he said, that life-saving vaccines such as Pfizer and Moderna’s can be mass produced today.
The Friends of Hungary’s cooperation, knowledge and loyalty can be counted on to help get life back to normal and boost the resilience and sustainability of the economy, support science and health-care development and bolster communities, the president said.