Orban: “Good Austrians are our laboratory”

The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is heavily orienting himself towards Austria in the fight against the corona pandemic. “We’re also lucky, because here we have these good Austrians, whom we call our ‘brothers-in-law’, but now also function as a laboratory because they are still a week ahead of us,” Orban said on Hungarian television on Friday. He called Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) and “asked” about the measures.

Austria was Hungary’s “reconnaissance unit,” said Orban. “We follow them.” Briefly told him “that in his opinion your measures will show the first results after two weeks”. Because the Hungarian measures are “similar”, it is “right if we do the math,” said the right-wing conservative politician. So he will only be able to say in two weeks whether larger meetings will be possible again for Christmas.

Orban also raised hopes for a quick vaccine. “At the end of December, beginning of January” there will be a “relief” because the vaccine will be available in limited quantities. In April you will “experience a feeling of liberation,” he announced that the vaccine would be widely distributed.

Orban was skeptical about school closings and argued with the need for care. “Only the very rich can afford not to stay home themselves. So most people would take it off from work, and people don’t want that,” Orban said.

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