Approximately two million citizens of Hungary who were vaccinated with Sinopharm and Sputnik V could not travel without undergoing entry restrictions to the majority of EU/Schengen area countries.
This is because the Sputnik V vaccine has not been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organization (WHO), while Sinopharm has not been approved by the EMA, TheSchengen.com reports.
In response to the current situation, István Ojeli, a politician from the Hungarian Socialist Party, called on the Hungarian government to come to an agreement with other countries so that those vaccinated with one of the two vaccines could travel freely within the bloc.
“The Hungarian government simply does not deal with Hungarians whose travel opportunities are limited,” Ogeli said, complaining that the country’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, does nothing about the travel issues faced by millions of Hungarians.
In addition, Ujhelyi noted that the country’s prime minister did not raise the issue and did not ask EU member states to recognize vaccination certificates indicating that the bearer had been immunized against the virus with Sinopharm and Sputnik.
According to data provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), 13,094,100 Hungarian citizens have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far. Furthermore, the same showed that as of 17 November, a total of 2,153,828 Sinopharm vaccine doses and 1,807,348 million Sputnik V doses had been administered in Hungary.
A large proportion of EU/Schengen area countries recognize as valid proof of immunity only EMA-approved vaccines. This means that when traveling from Hungary to certain block countries, those vaccinated with Sinopharm and Sputnik must follow strict testing and quarantine rules.
Sinopharm has already been approved for use by the World Health Organization (WHO), which means that vaccinated Hungarians can travel without restrictions to many countries. However, the number of countries that recognize Sinopharm is still limited.
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On the other hand, Sputnik is not approved by the EMA or WHO, which makes it impossible to travel without undergoing testing and self-isolation rules in most countries.
Of all the European countries, only Greece, Cyprus, Slovenia, Hungary and Slovakia allow entry to those who have been immunized with Sputnik V.
Similar to the EU/Schengen area countries, the US allows entry only those who have been vaccinated by the US Federal Drug Administration or the WHO approved vaccine, which means that millions of Hungarians are ineligible to enter the country because the vaccine manufactured in Russia is not approved by the US. before either of the two.
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