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Hungary sells 200,000 AstraZeneca jabs to Portugal

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Hungary has sold 200,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine to Portugal, at cost, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said at a joint press conference with his Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva in Lisbon on Tuesday.

The EUR 365,000 shipment was delivered with the Hungarian government's cargo aircraft, Szijjártó said.

He said the government's decision early on to use COVID jabs from China and Russia, in addition to ones it acquired in a joint European Union order, had allowed Hungary to accelerate its vaccination rollout, making the country "one of the safest in the EU" and "well-prepared for the delta variant", while allowing it to help other countries with its large inventory of jabs.

He noted that Hungary had so far lent or donated 1,350,000 Covid jabs to eight countries, including three in the EU.

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