In Belgium, the population will be vaccinated with the Coronavirus vaccine from Moderna on Monday, after 35,000 people have received the first dose of the vaccine, developed by Pfizer and BioNTech since December 28, local press said on Thursday.
Across France, a night curfew will begin at 6 a.m. Saturday “minimum for two weeks” and border controls will be strengthened by the government with extensive consideration of a larger, more contagious version of the coronavirus than before, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced.
The Hungarian vaccination capacity is much higher than the number of coronavirus vaccines – said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Kossuth Radio on Friday.
Restrictions cannot be lifted due to the “scandalously” slow procurement of vaccines by the European Commission (EC), the foreign affairs minister said at a press conference in Budapest on Thursday.
One of the main arguments of epidemic skeptics against the pandemic is that overall mortality statistics show no sign of a coronavirus epidemic.
Output of Hungary’s construction sector rose by an annual 5.0% in November, rising for the first month since the start of the coronavirus crisis, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said.
The coordination council of employers, employees and municipal representatives (Főét) has suggested that Budapest should be compensated from central coffers for lost business tax revenues so that “it can perform its public tasks at a high level”, Mayor Gergely Karácsony said on Facebook.
Fully 118 Covid patients, generally elderly and suffering from an underlying illness, died over the past 24 hours, while 1,926 new infections were officially registered, bringing the total number of infected to 347,636, koronavirus.gov.hu said.
The government considers the European Union’s procurement and supply of vaccines coordinated from Brussels to be too slow and inadequate in volume, so it is ready to turn elsewhere to purchase vaccines, the government information centre has said.
The first shipment of up to 1 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine “only depends on the speed of Hungary’s licensing”, Gergely Gulyás, the prime minister’s chief of staff, told a government press briefing.