Hungary announced that it will apply a fourth dose from coronavirus vaccine to people who request it after a consultation with a doctor. The European nation follows in the footsteps of Chile Y Denmark that already apply new reinforcements to its most vulnerable inhabitants. But Israel announced that it will be for all its population.
“Anyone can be vaccinated for the fourth time, after consulting a doctor; the (government) decree on this will be published this week,” said the chief of staff, Gergely Gulyas. The Central European country of 10 million inhabitants foresees a new substantial increase in coronavirus infections in the coming weeks, due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant on the continent.
For its part, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) expressed doubts about the need for a fourth dose and has said “there is no data to support this strategy” as he waits for more information on the contagious strain discovered in South Africa in November.
Gulyas said that “the number of new daily cases would probably reach an all-time high”, adding however that “the government did not expect a similar increase in hospitalizations and deaths”. In Hungary, there are practically no restrictions and schools are operating normally. The use of masks is mandatory indoors and on public transport, Reuters reported.
Hungary’s daily count of new infections rose to 9,216 on Thursday from 7,883 on Wednesday, but the number of patients treated in hospitals fell. In Hungary, 40,164 people have died from the virus. There are now 2,647 coronavirus patients in hospital, including 249 on ventilators.