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Hungary – EU platform for China’s soft power

At the end of February, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán became one of the first EU heads of government to be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, the syringe did not contain Moderna or Biontech/Pfizer, but the vaccine from the Chinese manufacturer Sinopharm. At least that’s what Orbán said publicly on Facebook. Hungary is the only EU country so far to use Sinopharm for its vaccination campaign. At the beginning of the week, the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition (OGYÉI) issued the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine with a certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice – giving the People’s Republic ammunition for propaganda.

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