Friday Wrap-up: Vaccination readiness and Caspian Sea exploration

The news from Azerbaijan in the week of 18-22 January.

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The week of 18-22 January saw a survey on vaccination readiness show low results, an agreement between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on joint exploration in the Caspian sea, and schools plan to be opened from February on in Azerbaijan.

Is the population in Azerbaijan satisfied with the coronavirus vaccine?

A survey by economist Samir Aliyev found that of the 250 people who participated, only 26.8% reported they would be vaccinated voluntarily. All respondents were over 20 years old, and about half (47.2 percent) fell into the 30-40 age group. 0.8% of the respondents were from the risk group (65+). Aliyev says that men made up most of the respondents. 80.8% of respondents were of this sex: "Will you go to get vaccinated voluntarily?" Only 26.8% of respondents answered in the affirmative. 40.8% of respondents answered in the negative. About a third of respondents said they had not yet decided. 43.3% of women and 26.2% of men said they were still waiting. The vast majority of respondents (72.8 percent) supported voluntary vaccination. Only 13.2 percent of respondents were in favor of compulsory vaccination.

"Our ancestors would be happy to see today's ceremony", says Aliyev

On January 21, the governments of Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding on joint exploration, development and development of the Dostlug (formerly Kapaz) oil field in the Caspian Sea. Presidents Ilham Aliyev and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a video conference on the signing ceremony. Both states considered the field their own and called it the Sardar field. This field is located between the two countries at the junction of national sectors at sea. In 1997, Azerbaijan signed an agreement with Russia's Lukoil and Rossneft to develop the field. However, the deal did not materialize after Turkmenistan's protest. A year later, Ashgabat tried to sign a contract with the American company Mobil for the development of Kapaz. However, after the protests in Baku, the Americans withdrew. Later, Baku and Turkmenistan agreed not to do anything here until the issues related to the division of the seabed were agreed.

Schools will open in Azerbaijan on February 1

Minister of Education Emin Amrullayev also said that full-time education will be gradually restored in all educational institutions from February 1. Amrullayev also said at a press conference that the restoration of full-time education in educational institutions is not a decision of the ministry alone: ​​“From February 1, primary education, school preparation, community-based groups will be gradually restored in Baku, Sumgayit and Absheron. Education will be resumed 3 times a week in large cities, and 4 and 5 times a week in other regions."

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