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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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Georgian Church fires bishop at centre of ophanage abuse accusations

JUNE 15 2021 (The Bulletin) — After meeting with EU and Georgian government officials, the Georgian Orthodox Church gave way to mounting public pressure by firing the bishop who had run an orphanage at the centre of abuse allegations. The Church appointed Bishop Jakob of Bobde to run the Ninotsminda orphanage which it also said would be renovated and improved.

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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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Kazakh weightlifter fails drugs test

JUNE 10 2021 (The Bulletin) — The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) disqualified  Kazakh weightlifter Anna Nurmankhambetova from the 2012 Olympic Games because of a failed drugs test, stripping her of the silver medal that she had been awarded retrospectively because other athletes had also failed drugs tests. Several Kazakh athletes, weightlifters and cyclists, have previously failed drugs tests too.

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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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Japarov gears up for fight with judicary in Kyrgyzstan

JUNE 7 2021 (The Bulletin) — Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov appeared to be gearing up to replace much of the senior judiciary in the country after he issued a statement criticising their work. He said that the unprofessionalism of judges was holding back the development of society. Mr Japarov, who took power in a coup in October, has earned a reputation as a single-minded populist who has consolidated his power through an election, tweaks to the constitution and the expropriation of a gold mine.

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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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Spaniard wins Baku F1 GP

JUNE 6 2021 (The Bulletin) — Spain’s Sergio Perez, driving a Red Bull-Racing Honda, won the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Baku after championship leaders Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen both crashed out. The Baku circuit has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting Grand Prixs with drivers racing through the city’s streets.

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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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