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Third dose of coronavirus vaccine offered from August

Saturday, July 24th, 2021

As the government makes a third dose of Covid vaccine available for citizens, a left-wing columnist accuses it of ignoring science. A pro-government commentator defends the government’s early decision to use the Chinese vaccine to speed-up immunization. READ MORE

Most remaining Covid restrictions to be lifted

Friday, June 25th, 2021

As the government announces the lifting of Covid restrictions, a conservative commentator accuses the Left of endangering lives by weakening their supporters’ willingness to get vaccinated. READ MORE

Dr Karikó calls for better vaccine information

Saturday, May 22nd, 2021

The main brain behind the mRNA technology on which the most modern anti-Covid vaccines are based exhorts the media to convince sceptics about the science behind the vaccines. Dr Katalin Karikó started studying the idea of messenger RNA in Hungary before she emigrated to the United States in the mid-1980s. READ MORE

Hungary starts to reopen

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

As the number of individuals who have received at least the first dose of the vaccine passed 3.5 million, the government reopened open air bars, restaurants and cafes on Saturday. Over the first weekend of partial reopening, large crowds gathered in downtown Budapest where streets and café terraces overflowed with young people. READ MORE

Row over vaccine efficacy

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

A pro-government commentator thinks that the official data on vaccine efficacy proves that Eastern vaccines are better than Western ones. A liberal analyst, on the other hand, thinks that the dataset serves only propaganda aims. READ MORE

Primary schools to reopen next week

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

A conservative commentator lambasts teachers who refuse to be inoculated against Covid 19, as primary schools prepare to resume classroom instruction from next Monday. 75 per cent of teachers and nurses have registered and have already received a first dose of the vaccine. READ MORE

Disagreement over vaccination consensus

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

An independent commentator questions the wisdom of the government’s re-opening plans, while a pro-government pundit questions the honesty of the opposition parties’ pro-vaccination campaign, in light of their earlier criticism of the Chinese and Russian jabs. READ MORE

Dispute over new lockdowns and vaccination rollout

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

Left-wing commentators criticize the government’s vaccination strategy. A pro-government columnist, on the other hand, lambasts the opposition for weakening trust in Eastern jabs. READ MORE

Ability of the opposition to govern questioned 

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

According to a recent poll by the Nézőpont Institute, even voters of the opposition parties are not convinced that the opposition could govern the country as efficiently as Fidesz does. READ MORE

Coronavirus and vaccination as political battlefields

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

As the third wave of the pandemic sweeps through Hungary, commentators from across the political divide discuss the government’s strategy and speculate on the possible date of the end of the emergency. READ MORE