The government has “failed” in its communications concerning the coronavirus epidemic, an MP of the opposition Socialists said. Speaking at an online press conference broadcast on Facebook, Ildikó Bangó Borbély called for “as much testing as possible” and effective contact tracing before the country achieved herd immunity. She also demanded that the government make five rapid tests a month available to every citizen free of charge.
Bangó Borbély insisted there were problems with registering for the vaccine, saying that the information available about the ratio of vaccinated health-care staff didn’t stack up. “There are problems with obtaining information and registration, both of which undermine public trust,” she said. Referring to survey results, the deputy insisted that many more people wanted to get inoculated than had registered for the vaccine. She also urged priority vaccinations for teachers and other school staff, as well as people working in crèches and in commerce. Bangó Borbély noted that ruling Fidesz had voted down an opposition proposal to suspend the law on the legal status of health staff, insisting that “news is pouring in that health employees won’t not sign their new contracts”. She urged that “detailed and clear” regulations should be provided “allowing enough time for employees to study” before signing the agreements.