Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff, Gergely Gulyas, said on Thursday that the Hungarian government had been forced to find its own resources for covid-19 vaccines due to the slowness of Brussels.

He said the government is in talks with all potential suppliers, including China and Russia. He assured that they would only buy vaccines that had vaccinated millions of people and that the Hungarian authorities had found to be safe and effective.

Gulyas said the Hungarian authorities had already issued a temporary permit for the use of AstraZenece. If Emma does the same, vaccination can begin in Hungary, he added. He also said that a permit for temporary use has already been issued for the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. The vaccine must also receive a permit from the Hungarian health authorities, so it is not known when vaccination could be started with it.

According to him, the Hungarian government has also signed an agreement under which it will be able to immediately receive one million doses of the vaccine from the Chinese company Sinopharm, but reminded that this vaccine has not yet been approved by the Hungarian authorities.

Hungarian citizens will also be able to choose which vaccine to be vaccinated with. If their choice is not available, they will have to wait to procure it. Anyone who gets vaccinated or gets over covid-19 is likely to receive certificates in the form of plastic cards from mid-February.