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Do Hungarian vaccination figures show Russian Sputnik-V vaccine to be the most effective?


THE CHEKING PROCESS – The Hungarian government has published a comparative table of vaccines according to the deaths of those vaccinated. Figures that push President Orban’s chief of staff to declare that “the Sputnik V is the best»Vaccine.

THE QUESTION. On April 25, Hungarian authorities released data comparing vaccines used on their soil. Their result is clear: the Russian vaccine developed by the Gamaleïa Research Institute, Sputnik-V is the best, it has the lowest death rate and the lowest rate of recontamination.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RFPI) – a sovereign fund created by the government to invest in key sectors of the Russian economy – immediately welcomed it. “Hungarian data shows 20 to 32 times fewer deaths and two to six times fewer cases of Covid-19 infection per 100,000 Sputnik V injections compared to mRNA vaccines used in Hungary», He notes.

These data had led Gergely Gulyas, chief of staff to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to assert on April 22: “Sinopharm is better than Pfizer while Sputnik V is better“. A provocative statement against the European Union, when Hungary has decided to override its opinion to order Russian vaccines.

While the Hungarian figures seem accurate, the fact remains that the correlation between these figures and Mr Gulyas’ claim about the superiority of the Russian vaccine seems not to be so obvious. Did Hungary’s figures show Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine to be the most effective?

CHECKS. Comparison is not right, they say, and in our case, that saying seems quite apt. In Hungary, many

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