picture of Péter Márki-Zay

The joint prime ministerial candidate of the opposition coalition, Péter Márki-Zay, left on Tuesday for a three-day trip to Brussels, where he will also meet with leaders of the largest European political parties.

Socialist MEP István Ujhelyi greeted the mayor of Hódmezővásárhely in the Belgian capital, and shared a photo on his social media page of Márki-Zay already sitting on the plane.

Along with the photo, Ujhelyi posted, “Also said to be on the plane is [chief coronavirus physician] Cecília Müller, who was escorted onto the plane by police. If so, perhaps I’ll be able to ask her in person why she is keeping the vaccination data on Covid patients secret.”

Ujhelyi, like other opposition politicians, has repeatedly asked for data on the epidemic, such as how many coronavirus patients in the hospital have been vaccinated and with which vaccine, but has not received a specific response yet.

When journalists asked for this information from Gergely Gulyás, Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister’s Office, at the latest government information session, the minister replied that the government would violate the rights of the deceased by publishing this information.

Gulyás’ rationale is interesting because information on the gender, age, and underlying diseases of the victims is publicly available, and some people have already been identified just based on this data.

[HVG]

By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.