MOSCOW, November 27. / TASS /. Hungary expects to receive small consignments of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine in December, and larger ones at the end of January. This was stated on Friday by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations of Hungary, Peter Siyarto, in an interview with the TV channel "Russia-24".
"Our task is to receive small batches of vaccine (Sputnik V) from Russia in December, and larger ones may arrive at the end of January," he said.
The minister added that due to the fact that the situation is non-standard, it is difficult to indicate the exact volumes of supplies and exact dates. Siyjarto noted that establishing part of the production of the Russian vaccine in Hungary is a technological issue. “We would be glad if this (the beginning of production of the Sputnik V vaccine in Hungary – TASS) happened. <...> The companies say that it can take up to a year and a half to introduce new Russian technologies to produce a vaccine, "he said.
"We will see if this time can be shortened. <...> If it takes so much time, then of course it's not competitive. And then we will have to concentrate only on purchases, "the minister summed up.
Hungary became the first EU country to express interest in receiving a Russian vaccine. The implementation of plans for the supply of Russian vaccine to Hungary, issues related to the extension of the agreement on the supply of Russian natural gas to the republic, as well as the prospects for cooperation in the space industry – topics that were raised at the meeting of the Russian-Hungarian Intergovernmental Commission (ITUC) on Friday in Budapest on economic cooperation. The work was headed by the co-chairs of the IGC, which are the Minister of Health of the Russian Federation Mikhail Murashko and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations of Hungary Peter Siyarto.