Hungary's PM Orban urges population to take COVID-19 vaccine

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BUDAPEST, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has urged his compatriots to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, warning that the country was on the cusp of a third wave of the epidemic.

"If more people ask to be vaccinated, we save lives. If the virus curve rises, we lose lives," he said on Friday on local public radio MR1.

"By now, 391,821 people in Hungary have been vaccinated at least once and all those registered will be vaccinated by Easter," Orban said.

"We have the biggest stock of vaccines in the European Union," he said. "So I encourage everyone to register, accept the vaccine and get vaccinated."

Hungary on Friday registered 3,093 new COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour span, raising the national total to 397,116, according to the government's coronavirus information website.

In the past 24 hours, 110 people have died from the disease, taking the death toll to 14,145 in the country, while 302,689 have recovered. Currently, 4,024 patients are being treated in hospitals, and 352 of them are on ventilators.

Hungary has approved the use of Russia's Sputnik V jab along with AstraZeneca's and China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines, in addition to the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines acquired through the European Union. The first shipment of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine purchased by Hungary arrived in Budapest on Tuesday. Enditem

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