The Hungarian National Public Health Center released the Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for use in the country on Sunday.
The Hungarian Minister of Personnel, Kasler Miklos, wrote on a Facebook page post that the Hungarian Medicines Watchdog has completed the “official tests for the Sputnik V vaccination, which determined that the vaccine complies with the manufacturer’s instructions and can be used immunobiologically”.
The country now has four vaccines to fight the virus as it has already agreed to the bumps developed by Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca / Oxford University.
In November, Hungary became the first EU country to receive samples of the Sputnik-V vaccine for research, which sparked an outcry from Brussels. The European Union has warned Budapest against harmful trust in the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.
Russia’s vaccine is not in the EU’s vaccine portfolio as it has been heavily criticized for its rapid approval, which skipped the third phase of trials. According to EU regulations, every vaccine must be approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) before it can be marketed in a country of the 27-nation bloc.
In January, the Hungarian National Institute of Pharmacology and Food Safety completed a review of the Sputnik V vaccine documentation and approved the provisional approval of the Russia-backed stab. The final decision on its use would be made by the country’s National Public Health Center.