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Hungary While speaking at a news conference, foreign ministry official Tamas Menczer said that no one can say for certain when the country will get a vaccine or when it will be mass-produced. Therefore, he added that Hungary will look to the east and cooperate with Russia and China in a bid to access and procure the vaccine when available.  Last week, Hungary had received a delivery of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. Back then, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto had said that Hungary is the first European country to receive a sample. According to Budapest, an initial 10 doses were handed for local testing, with large-scale deliveries and potential mass production by a Hungarian firm possible next year if it proves safe and effective.  READ:  Hungary, Poland Vow To Veto Mechanism Of EU's €1.8 Trillion Seven-year Budget While addressing a press conference with Russian health minister Mikhail Murashko, Szijjarto said that Hungarian doctors and experts will soon study the production of Sputnik V in Russia. He added that their visit would allow a speedier decision on approval of the vaccine in Hungary.  The European Medicines Agency (EMA), which is charged with overseeing vaccine approval in the EU, has yet to assess the Russian drug. While Moscow has said that Sputnik V showed 95 per cent effectiveness in the latest trials, the EU officials, without mentioning Hungary, warned that marketing vaccines unauthorised by Brussels would go against Europe’s vaccine strategy. European Commission spokesperson Vivian Loonela said that if a country were to market a vaccine on European territory, then obviously, the EU officials would have to take action in order to ensure that the rules are respected.  READ:  Hungary, Poland PMs Discus EU Virus Budget Veto Meanwhile, Hungary and Poland are already at loggerheads with Brussels over the EU’s long-term budget. The leaders agree with of the two countries have vowed to uphold their veto against the EU’s next budget which includes the COVID-19 pandemic relief fund at the upcoming European Council summit on December 10-11. Arguing that the European Union's €1.8 trillion seven-year budget risked derailing the bloc, the leaders of the two countries said that they would initiate the disbursal of any EU mechanism that links funding to rule of law principal. The European Union had proposed to link the coronavirus recovery package with the budget for 2021-2027, proposed by 27 members.  Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki opposed the measure in a meeting held in Budapest to resume the talks about the stalled EU budget for January.

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Scott Rodd / CapRadio As this year’s historic wildfire season winds down, Californians living in fire-prone territory got temporary relief from another threat: they can’t lose their homeowners’ insurance policies for another year. Premiums and nonrenewal rates have skyrocketed in California’s fire-prone regions since 2015 as companies are loath to pay for damages wreaked by the state’s increasingly devastating fires. This year, more than four million acres have burned, twice the state’s previous modern-day record. The moratorium, enacted by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, will give 2.1 million homeowners in the vicinity of those blazes — 18 percent of all policyholders in the state — another year to find a new insurance company or take steps to mitigate fire risk on their property and convince their insurer to extend coverage.  In 2019, insurers dropped 235,274 policies in California, a 61% increase from 2018, according to data Lara’s office released in December. Sixty-five percent of those came in areas of moderate to high fire risk, and the state’s 10 most fire-prone counties saw a 203% increase in nonrenewals.  Many of those customers have turned to the state’s last resort: the California FAIR Plan, a state-run pool that provides bare-bones fire coverage to customers who can’t find another insurer. Enrollments in the FAIR Plan jumped 225% last year.  In 2018, Lara, then a state senator, crafted a law that insurers must wait one year before dropping a policyholder in an area scorched by fire, and two years if the policyholder’s home was destroyed. Last December, he used that law to impose a one-year moratorium against nonrenewals in 180 zip codes identified by state fire officials as having been directly impacted by fires in 2019. The new moratorium will cover 477 zip codes, more than twice as many as the previous one.  The 2019 moratorium, which covered more than one million Californians, will expire Dec. 5, though 364,000 of those residents live in areas that overlap with the new moratorium announced Thursday.  There won’t be a sudden, massive number of people getting dropped from their policies on Dec.

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