There are no eastern and western vaccines against coronavirus, there are only good and bad, the Prime Minister of Hungary is categorical
23 Feb. 2021, 09:38
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In an interview with the German publication FOCUS Online, the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán stressed that in a pandemic of COVID-19, countries must obtain as many different vaccines as possible and as many as possible, whether they come from East or West.
“In the midst of a pandemic, the task of politicians is to meet the trust placed in them, to take responsibility and to protect the lives and health of their citizens. We must fight the pandemic and buy as many vaccines as possible, as soon as possible.
He who wins time wins life, wins freedom. There is no Eastern or Western vaccine, there are only good and bad, “Orban said, assuring that the Hungarian health authorities have completed their tests and guaranteed the effectiveness of the Sputnik V vaccines, which the country ordered from Russia, the first in the European Union.
Asked if he cared where the vaccine came from or who the manufacturer was, Orban was adamant: “No. If the Hungarian regulatory authorities consider the vaccine to be safe and effective, they shall issue an approval. For me, from now on the vaccine becomes Hungarian and I can use it to save the lives of my compatriots.
The Hungarian prime minister is confident that, although relations between the European Union and Russia are quite tense, the supply of vaccines can be separated from the overall conflict between Moscow and Brussels, Focus said.
“The protection of human life and health takes precedence over political aspects and stands above geopolitics. It is irresponsible to turn vaccines into a political issue, to let people die and to restrict their freedom, because there are political objections to the country of origin.
When we were children, we were vaccinated with Soviet vaccines – you can see that we are fine. “From a very objective point of view, there was a vaccination culture in the East and polio, for example, was defeated here much earlier than in the West,” Orban said.
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