COVID-19: Hungary starts talks about permission for Sputnik Light

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

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BUDAPEST, Nov. 26 (Reuters) – The Hungarian National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition will meet with its Russian counterparts on Monday about permission to use Russia’s Sputnik Light COVID-19 vaccine in Hungary, Hungary’s foreign minister said Friday. .

The 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 along with vaccines made in the West in its coronavirus vaccination campaign, despite a lack of approval from the European Medicines Agency.

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

Under the deal signed in September, Gazprom will ship gas to Hungary via Serbia and Austria, diverting shipments from Ukraine, prompting Kiev to criticize the deal as “political”. read more

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

Construction of the two new reactors at the plant was awarded to Rosatom without a tender in 2014 and is often cited as an example of the close ties between Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Construction has been seriously delayed.

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

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