Nearly 3.5M Vaccinated

The number of Hungarians vaccinated against Covid-19 will probably reach 3.5 million on Friday, and restaurant and bar terraces may open the following day, the prime minister’s chief of staff said.

Gergely Gulyás told a press briefing that open-air facilities and shops will stay open until 9.30pm, while the night-time curfew will begin an hour later at 11pm. Reopening catering facilities is “the first step towards regaining freedom”, Gulyás said, adding that he hoped faster steps could follow. “A large amount of vaccine is expected to arrive soon,” he said. During the next week, one million doses of the Chinese vaccine will arrive as well as 200,000 first doses of the Russian vaccine, Gulyás said, adding that the second dose of the latter would follow promptly. Over 300,000 doses of Pfizer will also arrive next week, he added. The number of vaccinated may surpass 4 million next week, and those registering now may get their jabs within a few weeks. So far, some 4.4 million have registered for the vaccine, Gulyás said. Hungary will need some 6 million people vaccinated to reach herd immunity, he added.


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