"Hungary has concluded talks on purchasing the vaccine with a Russian government delegation," the minister said.
"All that is missing now is an approval from Russia’s health ministry, which will allow ten doses of the sample vaccine to be sent to Hungary next week," Szijjártó added.
The samples Hungary receive will then undergo laboratory testing so that the authorities can make a safe decision about whether the vaccine can be put to use in the country.
Péter Szijjártó added that the talks had also touched on the possibility of having the vaccine be manufactured in Hungary.
The Hungarian company designated to manufacture the vaccine has received all the necessary preparatory documentation from Russia. Next week, the developer will be in a position to give a clear picture of the schedule for manufacturing the vaccine and the capacities it would need to devote to it.
The government has a clear duty to acquire as many vaccines from as many sources as quickly as it can.
As we reported earlier, Turkey plans to launch production of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus at the facilities of its own pharmaceutical manufacturers.
"Turkish Health Minister expressed interest in launching Sputnik V vaccine’s production at the facilities of Turkish pharmaceutical manufacturers after carrying out toxicological studies envisaged by local legislation," Russian Ministry of Health reported.