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The Russian Ministry of Health hosted a meeting of the co-chairs of the Russian-Hungarian intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation - the Minister of Health of Russia Mikhail Murashko and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Hungary Péter Szijjártó.

The parties discussed issues of bilateral cooperation in the field of trade and economic relations, including healthcare during the pandemic recovery period.

Mikhail Murashko noted that despite the trade reduction between the countries due to pandemic, the potential of Russian-Hungarian relations remains at a high level.

“In the last three months, the speed of decision-making has been especially high. One of the main issues now is the development of new drugs for healing coronavirus infection on the international market. There are now 2 such drugs of good quality in Russia”, emphasized Minister.

The head of the Ministry of Health also said that in Russia have begun vaccine trials on volunteers, their first stage will be finished within the next month.

“We can also find points of interaction in this issue. We are ready to negotiate vaccine deliveries and technology localization”, added Mikhail Murashko. Péter Szijjártó noted the high results of the Russian government in the fight against the new coronavirus infection.

“I want to express my gratitude to all the doctors who worked hard to achieve these results. The crisis has put the world's economy in a difficult situation, but this situation contains certainly new opportunities. I am confident that our scientific communities will be able to strengthen cooperation and cooperation in the fight against COVID-19”, emphasized the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

The co-chairs of the intergovernmental commission also discussed possibilities for cooperation in the field of pharmacology, as well as the implementation of joint projects in the field of agriculture, energy and higher education.