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Vaccines: Hungary, Covid passports should not discriminate

Szijjarto, 'we cannot accept only EMA approved vaccines'

16 March, 20:46
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 16 MAR - Hungary is against European vaccination passports that recognize only vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), said Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto, who is visiting Belgrade today.

Speaking at the end of talks with his Serbian colleague Nikola Selakovic, Szijjarto said that such health documents must not be discriminatory in any way. "We do not accept that Covid passports only recognize vaccines validated by the European Medicines Agency, and we believe that nationally approved vaccines should also be valid in the future," the Hungarian minister told reporters. In Serbia, the debate on the launch of a possible EU vaccination passport is very lively, with the fear that this represents discrimination for the travel of Serbian citizens vaccinated with serums not approved by the EMA, such as the Sputnik V and Chinese Sinopharm vaccines. These two vaccines are also administered in Hungary, the first EU country to have adopted them even without EMA's approval. In today's talks, Szijjarto and Selakovic confirmed the excellent relationship between Serbia and Hungary, even regarding the joint fight against the pandemic. (ANSA).

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