COVID-19: Hungary begins talks on authorization of Sputnik Light

A nurse prepares a dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus disease Sputnik Light (COVID-19) during a vaccination in Managua, Nicaragua. 25 October 2021. REUTERS / REUTERS / Maynor Valenzuela

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BUDAPEST, Nov. 26 (Reuters) – The Hungarian National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition will begin discussions with its Russian counterparts on Monday over whether to allow Russia’s Sputnik Light COVID-19 vaccine to be used in Hungary, the report said on Friday. Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Minister Peter Szijjarto told a press conference in Russia broadcast via his Facebook page that the Sputnik Light vaccine “has had excellent results as a booster shot.”

Hungary has used Sputnik V with Western-made vaccines in its coronavirus vaccination campaign despite lacking approval from the European Medicines Agency.

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Szijjarto said Hungary was aiming for “pragmatic cooperation” with Russia, which enabled the country to purchase Sputnik-V vaccines earlier this year and to sign a 15-year gas purchase agreement with Gazprom.

Under the deal signed in September, Gazprom routes gas to Hungary via Serbia and Austria, rerouting shipments from Ukraine, leading Kiev to criticize the deal as “political.” . Read more

Szijjarto also said that construction of the Paks II nuclear power plant could reach the implementation phase in the first half of next year, as Rosatom has already submitted documentation for the first of eight necessary permits.

The construction of the plant’s two new reactors was awarded to Rosatom in 2014 without a tender, and is often cited as an example of the warm ties between Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Construction was seriously delayed.

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Reporting by Krisztina Than and Anita Komuves, editing by Timothy Heritage

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