Hungary to Help Slovakia in Testing Sputnik V

Hungary will help Slovakia with the laboratory testing of the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after meeting Igor Matovič, Slovakia’s deputy prime minister and finance minister, in Budapest.

“Slovakia has asked us and we are pleased to help them with the testing of the vaccine,” Szijjártó said, noting that Hungary had the knowledge and capacity in its internationally accredited laboratory for the procedure. Hungary has an interest in its neighbours’ successful defence against the pandemic, he said, arguing that it also allowed Hungary’s defence efforts to be successful. He hailed Hungary and Slovakia’s “exemplary” cooperation in fighting the pandemic, and noted that last spring the two countries had helped repatriate each other’s citizens. Meanwhile, Szijjártó said that a total of 197 Hungarian health-care workers had helped out with mass coronavirus testing in Slovakia. He praised Matovič’s efforts in constantly pushing for bilateral cooperation in the pandemic response on Slovakia’s part.

Matovič thanked Szijjártó and Hungary for the friendly relations between the two countries. He noted that the purpose of his visit was for Slovak experts to examine the Sputnik V vaccine in Hungary’s Official Medicines Control Laboratory, noting that Slovakia had no such facilities.


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