Gulyás Denies Opposition Charges Concerning Moderna Vaccine Purchases


The leftist opposition’s claim that the government has not ordered sufficient quantities of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine is part of their “hate campaign” against the government, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said on Facebook.

Citing passages from the European Commission’s agreement with the producer, Gulyás insisted that shipments of Moderna could not be expected before the third quarter of 2021, when “sufficient amounts of vaccines purchased from other sources will be in place to inoculate the whole adult population”. Moreover, Gulyás said that “actual deliveries [of Moderna] are even more sluggish than outlined in the agreement”, adding that several other European Union members had similarly given up their option of Moderna. In reaction to press reports quoting the EU representation in Budapest that the EU does not have direct information concerning vaccine deliveries to Hungary since the country receives shipments from the producers rather than via the EU, Gulyás said that he had his information from an agreement signed by European Commissioner Stella Kyriakides. “The Commission, therefore, is aware that the vaccine delivery in question cannot arrive in Hungary before the third quarter,” he said. “Why has the Commission lied?” he added.

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