5/20, 2:37 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Hungary decides not to enter EU's Pfizer jab deal

The Hungarian government confirmed on Thursday that it wouldn't participate in the latest acquisition of 1.8 billion Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines by the European Union and will rely on its supplies instead.

"Hungary would not like to take part in the next chapter of Brussels's vaccine purchase program," prime minister's staff chief Gergely Gulyas noted shortly after Brussels revealed Hungary's decision.

The EU signed earlier today a new contract with the two companies that guarantees the bloc can buy up to 1.8 billion doses of their vaccine by 2023 if necessary. Currently, the main concerns relate to whether a third booster shot will be required for people who are already fully inoculated against the disease.

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