picture of Sputnik vaccine

Although legal action against Hungary’s drug agency forced it to disclose its licensing agreements for the Russian Sputnik and Chinese Sinopharm vaccines, certain parts were still apparently blacked out. However, a “simple method” was used to uncover them and see what had been hidden, writes 444.

The details showed that according to experts hired by the government:

  • two factory visits to Russia were not valid to verify that proper manufacturing of Sputnik was being done
  • many key data were missing
  • the Russians had determined the efficacy of the vaccine with an outdated method.

Despite these concerns, the drug authority authorized Sputnik on the day of the second factory visit. Immunologist András Falus, who was a member of the team of experts but quit upon viewing the anomalies, now says that approval could only have occurred because of pressure from the top.

Hvg.hu contacted the Coronavirus Press Center about the discrepencies, which 444 says rarely provides meaningful answers to journalist questions. In its response, the Press Center called on the “left-wing press” to “end its campaign against vaccination and against certain vaccines.”

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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.