04:50 GMT02 December 2020
Listen Live
    Europe
    Get short URL
    2341
    Subscribe

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Hungary will begin purchasing a Russian coronavirus vaccine in December in small doses so that it could complete clinical trials and licensing on its soil, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Thursday.

    The minister expressed hope that Budapest would import more doses in late January and possibly launch domestic production of the Russian vaccine.

    "Russia will start delivering small doses of the vaccine in December to complete clinical trials, test the vaccine here and finalize the licensing process. They said they would be able to start large-scale deliveries from the second or third week of January," Szijjarto said in a video message published on Facebook.

    The statement was made following his call with Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko.

    Szijjarto is currently in self-isolation. He tested positive for COVID-19 upon his arrival in Thailand for a visit. The minister, who had no symptoms by the time, returned home by private plane on Wednesday evening.

    Related:

    Self-Isolated Football Legend Maradona Says Trusts in Putin, Russian COVID-19 Vaccine
    Egypt 'Very Interested' in Sputnik V Vaccine, in Talks With Russia on Delivery After Trial
    ‘Small Chance’ Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine May Be Ready by Christmas, Raising Hope for 2021 Rollout
    AstraZeneca Misses Target for Delivering COVID-19 Vaccine, UK Gov't Taskforce Says
    Turkey Begins Clinical Trial of Its Coronavirus Vaccine, Health Ministry Says
    Tags:
    vaccine, Sputnik V, Russia, coronavirus, COVID-19, Hungary
    Community standardsDiscussion