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Vaccine uptake in Armenia is minimal, say nurses

JUNE 16 2021 (The Bulletin) — Nurses administering vaccinations against the coronavirus on a Yerevan shopping street told The Bulletin that around 45,000 people across the country had been given a vaccine but that most of these were foreigners. Armenia has one of the lowest uptakes for the coronavirus vaccine in the world. It has set up points around towns and cities where anybody can have a vaccine, an offer, it seems, that has been mainly taken up by visitors.

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— This story was published in issue 48 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on June 16 2021

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Kazakhstan rolls out coronavirus app

JUNE 15 2021 (The Bulletin) — Looking to roll out their coronavirus app Ashyq, Kazakh officials said that from June 21 QR codes would be installed at train stations for people to scan. The app is designed to track people’s movements and alert them if they come into contact with anybody infected with Covid-19. Rights activists have accused the Kazakh government of being authoritarian and have said that the app could be used to control people.

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— This story was published in issue 48 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on June 16 2021

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Georgia to set up vaccination centres in shopping malls

JUNE 15 2021 (The Bulletin) — Covid-19 vaccination stations will be set up in shopping malls in Georgia from July, the Georgian health minister Tamar Gabunia said. Georgia has been accused of running a sub-standard vaccination campaign and is under pressure to increase vaccinations. Around 210,000 people, 6% of the population, have had at least one vaccination. 

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— This story was published in issue 48 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on June 16 2021

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Russia delivers coronavirus jabs to Uzbekistan

JUNE 10 2021 (The Bulletin) — Russia delivered another 70,000 doses of its Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine to Uzbekistan, bringing the total it has sent to Tashkent to 240,000. Sputnik-V, the AstraZeneca vaccine and a Chinese vaccine form the core of the Uzbek vaccination programme. It has given at least one vaccine to 2.5m people.

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— This story was published in issue 48 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on June 16 2021

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Third of Tbilisi residents have had coronavirus, says top doctor

JUNE 9 2021 (The Bulletin) — Around a third of Tbilisi’s 1m residents have been infected with the coronavirus, Tengiz Tsertsvadze, head of the Infectious Diseases and AIDS Centre, told media. He also said that two-thirds of the people who had been infected were asymptomatic and didn’t even know that they had been infected.

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— This story was published in issue 487 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on June 9 2021

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Indians returning to UAE spend two-week quarantine in Yerevan

JUNE 9 2021 (The Bulletin) — Indian tour agencies are offering workers trying to return to jobs in the UAE a two-week package stay in Yerevan to fit in with coronavirus rules imposed by the UAE, media reported. The UAE has banned flights directly from India because of a coronavirus variant but has said that Indian workers can enter after a two-week quarantine in a third country. Armenia has loose coronavirus restrictions and has become a preferred option. 

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— This story was published in issue 487 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on June 9 2021

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Kazakhstan drops talks to buy AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

JUNE 4 2021 (The Bulletin) — Kazakhstan has dropped negotiations with British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to buy its coronavirus vaccine because of the negative press surrounding it. Some countries have suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine because of blood clots in younger people. Russia’s Sputnik-V and its domestically produced QazVac form the basis of the Kazakh vaccination programme.

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— This story was published in issue 487 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on June 9 2021

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Azerbaijan waives coronavirus restrictions for Euro2020

JUNE 3 2021 (The Bulletin) — Azerbaijan said that it would waive coronavirus quarantine rules for football fans travelling to Baku for the delayed European Championship 2020. Baku hosts four games, including a quarterfinal match. For the first time, the European Championships matches are spread across the continent.

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— This story was published in issue 487 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on June 9 2021

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Remittance flow into Uzbekistan rises

MARCH 12 (The Bulletin) — Remittances in Uzbekistan were 14% higher in January and February this year, at $892m, compared to the same period in 2020, the Uzbek Central Bank said. Remittances, mainly from Russia, are a vital part of Central Asia’s economy. The various movement and work restrictions imposed to deal with the coronavirus pandemic last year dented remittances flows from the region’s migrant workers.

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— This story was published in issue 475 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on March 15 2021

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Azerbaijan orders AstraZeneca and Sputnik-V vaccines

MARCH 11 (The Bulletin) — Azerbaijan, which has begun a mass vaccination scheme against the coronavirus that causes the Covid-19 disease, said that it had now ordered batches of Sputnik-V, the Russia-made vaccine, and the AstraZeneca vaccine. Sputnik-V was the first recognised vaccine for the disease. Some European countries have stopped using the AstraZeneca vaccine because of worries that it triggers blood clots.

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— This story was published in issue 475 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on March 15 2021

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