Hungary’s drug regulator has approved a coronavirus vaccine made by China’s Sinopharm, surgeon general Cecilia Muller told a briefing on Friday. Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, said he would personally choose to be inoculated with the Sinopharm vaccine
Hungary has become the first EU member to approve the Chinese-made Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine.
Hungary’s medicine and food regulator has approved a coronavirus vaccine made by China’s Sinopharm, officials said Friday.
“Today the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition gave its approval for the Sinopharm vaccine,” said Chief Medical Officer Cecilia Muller.
Hungary last week also broke ranks with the EU by issuing a provisional license to Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. The EU has said that Hungary’s striking of the deal outside of the bloc’s common framework was improper although not illegal.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said earlier on Friday that his government planned to sign a deal with the Chinese firm “today or tomorrow,” adding he would choose it for his own vaccination.