Hungary to sell doses of AstraZeneca to Thailand and Vietnam
Hungary sells 400,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine each to Thailand and Vietnam, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in New York on Tuesday.
In New York to attend the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Szijjarto said Hungary was responding to a request from the two Southeast Asian countries.
He said Hungary’s vaccine purchases had been successful as it was buying from a larger market than other countries in the European Union. Thus, Hungary was able to start vaccinations early and was the first country in Europe to reopen its economy, he added.
Hungary has stocks of several million doses, so the country can help others as it has done in the past, Szijjarto said.
It is also in Hungary’s interest to have the highest vaccination rate in as many countries as possible in order to reduce the risk of infection for travelers, he added.
Szijjarto said the number of cases was increasing and the fourth wave would likely pose a serious challenge to all countries.
“There is a global consensus that vaccinations are the solution,” he said. The more people are vaccinated, the less damage the fourth wave can cause, he added.