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“Six million have been vaccinated, while everyone else is in imminent life-threatening danger,” Viktor Orbán told state radio on his regular Friday morning interview.

“But you can’t give people a police escort to get the vaccine, so we have to win over those who are against vaccination,” said the Prime Minister, adding that “we’ve also received vaccinations against mumps, measles, chickenpox, which we then typically don’t catch. This is why we’re still alive.”

Regading science, Orbán said he did not believe in it “unreservedly, in all respects, because it takes time for a scientific statement to prove itself.” Science is not “a god that can be trusted unconditionally,” he stated, but in this case, “science has proven results, and hundreds of thousands in Hungary would not be alive now if we they hadn’t been vaccinated.”

The government issued a new decree on Friday to introduce the wearing of facemasks in indoor spaces, which experts had been requesting for weeks. In addition, health care workers would not be able to resign while the pandemic is still raging.

As to the issue of Hungary’s vaccine supply, the Prime Minister told Kossuth Rádió that the country has 10 million vaccine doses, meaning “we can not only vaccinate everyone for a third time, but a fourth time as well.”

According to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, 26.2 million vaccine doses have been shipped to Hungary, but so far only around half of these, 13.46 million, have been administered.

In addition to the Covid pandemic and the vaccine situation, Orbán also talked about the government’s decision to set price caps on regular gasoline and diesel oil, as well as the possibility of a reduction in utility costs for small enterprises, which the government may decide on early next week.


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.