Hungary is donating a large number of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines to Tajikistan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó announced on social media on Wednesday.
We have enough vaccines in Hungary, so we can help others. We are sending 150,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to our friends in Tajikistan so that they too can successfully protect themselves too
-wrote Péter Szijjártó.
The minister said the epidemic had started anew with a new variant causing alarm worldwide. “It can’t be emphasized enough that only the vaccine provides protection to keep you safe,” he added.
The Hungarian government has previously sent vaccines to other countries, such as 400,000 doses of AstraZeneca each shipped to Thailand and Vietnam, and 100,000 doses of Janssen to Slovenia in September. However, these were not donations as the government received payment for them.
Regarding the AstraZeneca vaccination, Minister of Human Resources Miklós Kásler recently said that the level of antibodies in this particular vaccine declines after the second shot for reasons that are not yet clear. “It follows,” he said, “that further vaccination with AstraZeneca is not recommended.” The minister did not reveal what data or research he was basing his recommendation on.
[Photo: Péter Szijjártó / Facebook]