The surprising timing may be explained by the fact that this way, most elderly people vaccinated with Sinopharm can be given the third dose long before the fourth wave of epidemics, which is expected in the autumn.
The government’s timing of the third round of vaccinations also amounts to a kind of covert admission. It is surprising in itself that according to the Prime Minister’s report, the third dose would be given four months after the second vaccination: the – small – international practice so far is usually half a year, and Miklós Kásler, who is also responsible for health, also mentioned this interval on Tuesday. The surprising timing may be explained by the fact that this way, most elderly people vaccinated with Sinopharm can be given the third dose long before the fourth wave of epidemics, which is expected in the autumn. Data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) show how much of a difference a Chinese vaccine can have if the third is given after 4 months, not 6 months after the second vaccination. If, like Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, the recommendation had been in Hungary for half a year, the third round of those vaccinated with Sinopharm could have started only from the middle to the end of September. In Hungary, Chinese Sinopharm began to be used en masse on February 24, so – as 28 days must elapse between the two doses – the second dose of the vaccine became due for the first time in mid-March, from the 12th week of the year. And if they had prescribed six months between the second and third vaccines, they would only have been eligible for the new vaccine from mid-late September. This, in turn, is already risky, as experts say the fourth wave could arrive in the fall.
However, with the required waiting period of only 4 months instead of 6, everything has been reversed: the vast majority of those vaccinated twice with Sinopharm are already among the first to receive the third vaccine in early August. So far, about 560,000 Hungarians over sixty have received two doses of Sinopharm, and 453,000 of them have received the second vaccine by 11 April. That is, with a time interval shortened to four months, about 80 percent of older Sinpharmos achieved the third vaccination in early August. By September 2, there will be another 42,000 sinopharmos over the age of 60, and by October 6, another 50,000, at least 14,000 of our compatriots will have to wait longer. It is also striking that such a dramatic difference among elderly people vaccinated with other vaccines is not caused by having to wait only 4 months for another vaccine instead of 6. While the vast majority of Sinopharm’s age group members, 80 percent, will be eligible for a third vaccination between August 1 and 11, just over a third of pfizers over the age of 60, 36 percent of sputealists, 1.6 percent of astrazenics, and modernists The same is true for 38 percent. Based on all this, it seems that the Orbán government has specifically targeted the third-round vaccination campaign for the Chinese vaccine. This may have been due to the fact that antibody testing based on large numbers of samples showed that a significant proportion of the elderly vaccinated with Sinopharm did not develop measurable protection.
He would buy back the remaining Chinese vaccine for Christmas
– Another important victory was won by the opposition, the government acknowledged the need for a third vaccination for the elderly vaccinated with the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, – Gergely Karácsony, Mayor Viktor Orbán, reacted to the announcement on Friday morning. According to the leader of the opposition in Budapest, the government is once again following in the footsteps of the local government of the capital, as was the case when ordering to wear a mask, screening teachers and now, in connection with the Sinopharm vaccination. The latter commented that the capital had conducted a large survey of the effectiveness of vaccines, which showed that the Chinese vaccine provided the least protection. According to Christmas, the government made a serious professional mistake by vaccinating people over the age of 60 with a vaccine for which the manufacturer itself did not recommend its use in the elderly. Amid the rampage of the epidemic, when there were not enough other types of vaccines available, it was still acceptable, but later, when there were enough Western vaccines, there was no reason to do so, he added. According to the mayor, it is time for the government to start negotiations with China to buy back the unused Sinopharm stock. Ups.
Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.
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