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Winnie the Pooh's advice for oil producers

Optimism in OPEC+ is growing, even that underlying economic fundamentals are in dire shape. Growing concerns about new COVID variations, as shown already in India, or renewed restrictions in major OECD countries, such as Germany, seems not to be taken into account, FXEmprire writes. As indicated already before the start of the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMCC), the OPEC+ members, led by Saudi Arabia, UAE and Russia, have decided to keep to the former early April decision of a gradual export cut relaxation

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Covid diplomacy in South Eastern Europe

The media dedicate increasing attention to the issue of vaccine distribution and how it affects post-pandemic recovery. Some commentators and outlets have been focusing especially on the inequalities in the allocations of doses amongst different countries. As a matter of fact, a small number of highly developed countries have already booked an excessive number of doses. The UK, Israel and the US are likely to get enough shots to immunise their entire populaces more than once

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Florian Sengstschmid: "Developing tourist destinations we rely on Azerbaijan's multiculturalism "

Azerbaijan has been growing its tourism economy for the last decade, reaching a record-breaking number of international travelers in 2019. Once the pandemic hit, the country’s tourism board realized they could use this time to emerge even stronger, thanks to Azerbaijan’s offerings that are equipped for a post-Covid-19 world. In 2018, Azerbaijan officially launched its first tourism campaign, after a decade of rising international traveler rates. In 2019, 3 million travelers visited the country, setting a new record for the destination.

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Lockdown extended in Almaty

Strict quarantine measures in Almaty were extended until April 12. Within the restrictive measures, students of schools, colleges and universities are transferred to  distance education. In addition, shopping and entertainment …

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Why South Korea still hasn’t vaccinated anyone

South Korea has earned international plaudits as a model for its success in COVID-19 mitigation. Employing systematic approaches for testing, contact tracing, segregation, and quarantine, South Korea has, throughout the pandemic, managed to …

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Fadia M. Saadah: in Azerbaijan, human capital investments are the key to resilient growth in the era of COVID-19

By limiting access to health, education, social protection, and jobs, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse human capital gains in Azerbaijan. In a recently published report, Survive, Learn, Thrive: Strategic Human Capital Investments to Accelerate Azerbaijan’s Growth, the government of Azerbaijan and the World Bank identify the main challenges to building and activating human capital and put a spotlight on high-impact interventions that respond to constraints, Modern Diplomacy writes. Fadia M. Saadah, World Bank Human Development Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, reflects on the success and challenges of the past, and opportunities for the World Bank Group to partner with the government of Azerbaijan in ensuring resilient growth, powered by human capital investments

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Azerbaijani scientists rebuked Armenian colleagues for politicizing science via the Lancet medical journal

Airazat Kazaryan and colleagues describe the unfortunate rise in COVID-19 cases in Armenia during the recent Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. However, Azerbaijani scientists  Samir Babayev, Sabina Hajiyeva, Leyla Baghirzada, Sait Ashina and Tural Alekberli in the world-renowned medical journal, the Lancet, argue that this Comment is an attempt to politicise scientific data via misrepresentation of COVID-19 statistics, distortion of facts, and omission of important historical context

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7 countries open to travelers vaccinated against Covid-19

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the travel industry, countless destinations around the world are rolling out vaccines to their most vulnerable citizens. According to CNN, the UK has already vaccinated over 15 million people, while the US  is currently administering 1.6 million shots a day. Meanwhile, Denmark has announced plans to launch a coronavirus digital passport by the end of February that will act as documentation the holder has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19

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Quarantine measures eased in Kostanay

Starting from February 15, the quarantine regime will be weakened in the Kostanay region. Today, regional Akim Archimedes Mukhambetov held a special meeting of the operational headquarters for preventing the spread of coronavirus infection in the …

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Azerbaijan opposes unfair distribution of coronavirus vaccines

Azerbaijan, the incumbent chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the largest international organization after the United Nations, has played an active role in the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Vasif Huseynov, a senior advisor at the Center of Analysis of International Relations and Adjunct Lecturer at Khazar University in Baku, writes in the article for Eurasia Review

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Covid baby boom turns to bust in China

New births slipped 15% across China in 2020 despite stay-at-home lockdowns and state media baby-making cheerleading, Asia Times writes. During China’s de facto nationwide lockdown in early 2020, when Beijing issued a sweeping shelter-in-place edict to stop the spread of Covid-19 from Wuhan, state media Xinhua entertained the thought that a “Covid lockdown baby boom” could be one upside. The new coronavirus forced the Chinese population, including couples in their prime ages, indoors, it noted

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Decisive year for energy Industry

We’ve known for decades that in order to curb the impact of perpetually rising carbon emissions, we would have to radically disrupt the machinations of global industry and change the way we live, think, and dream. We have to actually buckle down and make behavioral and systematic changes instead of hedging our bets on futuristic technological innovations that will save our butts at the last second, Oil Price writes

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Israel extends national COVID-19 lockdown

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet voted Sunday to extend the country’s national coronavirus lockdown until at least Friday morning as Israel continues to face high infection rates.  …

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Covid-19 gives rise to contradictions between business community, epidemiologists and government in Georgia

Georgia’s Infrastructure Minister Maia Tskitishvili announced that shopping malls will open their doors starting from 1 February, with dressing rooms working and already purchased products allowed to be exchanged as well, following a meeting with the representatives of shopping malls and retail centres, Caucasus Watch writes. She said that the negotiations were underway with the Labour Inspection Office to agree on the requirements before opening malls and noted that some restrictions like the amount of people accessed to one square meter of commercial space may be eased

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