Hungary Becomes First European Union Country to Approve Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine

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The Hungarian pharmaceutical authority has approved both the Oxford/AstraZeneca and Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines, a spokesperson for the Hungarian government told CNN on Thursday.

Hungary becomes the first European Union country to approve both vaccines, but as far as the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine goes, it says it has to wait for a decision by the European Medicines Agency before it can distribute the shot.

Speaking about Sputnik, the spokesperson said talks with Moscow to buy the vaccine were “ongoing.”

“We hope that vaccines will be available in Hungary from as many places and in as large quantities as possible,” the spokesperson added.

In a statement, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund (RDIF) said the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition of Hungary approved the vaccine under the emergency use authorization procedure.

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SOURCE: CNN, Vasco Cotovio and Zahra Ullah

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