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Hungary Applauds EU’s Decision to Extend List of Vaccines Eligible for Travel to the Bloc

Authorities across the European Union member states have agreed to open their doors to travelers who have completed immunization against the virus with vaccines approved by the World Health Organization as valid proof of immunization.

In this regard, the authorities in Hungary consider it especially important for those who have completed the immunization process with the Chinese Sinopharm, which has not been approved by the authorities in EU countries before, TheSchengen.com reports.

Until this moment, the authorities in the countries of the European Union accept the following vaccines as valid evidence of immunity:

Pfizer-BioNTech Moderna AstraZeneca (when produced in Europe) Johnson & Johnson Novavax

The following vaccines have been added to the list of approved vaccines for use: Sinopharm (1099.HK), Sinovac (SVA.O), and Bharat Biotech.

Recently, the Council of the European Union urged its member states to allow non-essential travel for citizens of third countries, provided they have been vaccinated with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Council noted that “adjustments have been made to respond to the evolution of the epidemic, increased vaccination uptake and booster dose management, and the recognition of an increasing number of certificates issued by third countries as being equivalent to the EU COVID digital certificate.” In a statement published on February 22.

The Council’s recommendation to member states will take effect from 1 March.

However, travelers who have completed immunization with WHO approved but not EMA approved vaccines may be required to submit a COVID-19 test result prior to departure.

According to figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 1,774,676 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Hungary since the beginning of the pandemic, while a total of 43,664 people have died during the same period.

WHO figures also show that in the past seven days, authorities in Hungary have recorded a total of 35,732 cases of COVID-19 and 698 deaths.

In addition, figures recently provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed that the number of registered COVID-19 infections in EU countries is still on the rise.

The latest report, published on February 24, showed that all countries of the European Union and the Schengen area, with the exception of Malta, are colored dark red, which means that they have reported high rates of COVID-19 infection.

According to the figures provided by the World Health Organization for the territories of the European Union and the Schengen area, France, Germany and Italy have recorded the highest rates of infection with the Coronavirus and its new strains.

However, despite the current epidemiological situation, the authorities in the countries of the European Union began to change the approach of the virus and consider it more like an endemic disease, facilitating the preventive measures imposed to stop its spread.

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