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Putin: Erdogan is a man of his word

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President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin says even though his and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s views often differ from each other, Erdogan is a man of his word and ‘doesn’t play games’, TASS reported.

“If Erdogan believes something will benefit his country, he will fight until the end. This is an element of predictability, and it’s very important in order to understand who you’re dealing with,” Putin added.

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WHO official: Coronavirus pandemic may decline

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The coronavirus pandemic may decline. A representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), Melita Vuinovich, told Rossiya Gazeta, Report quotes.

According to her, there is no consensus on how the situation regarding the incidence of COVID-19 will develop this year, but the pandemic will not end, and the virus will not go away.

Vujnovic noted that the latest news about vaccines inspired hope, and specialists "are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and this light is getting brighter."

She recalled that an increasing number of countries are moving towards mass vaccination against or even have already started it. The WHO representative said the vaccines could end the pandemic, but they will not solve all problems. Moreover, it is necessary to continue to take measures against the spread of infection and reduce mortality by wearing masks, observing hygiene, and not forgetting about other rules, she added.

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Peugeot, Fiat Chrysler complete merger

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group completed their $52 billion tie-ups and formally merged into Stellantis on Saturday.

The merger will create an auto group with combined annual sales of around 8.1 million vehicles and deep enough pockets to fund the shift to electric driving and take on bigger rivals Toyota and Volkswagen Group.

"The merger between Peugeot S.A. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. that will lead the path to the creation of Stellantis N.V. became effective today," the two automakers said in a statement.

It took over a year for the Italian-American and French automakers to finalize the deal, during which the COVID-19 pandemic upended the global economy. They first announced plans to merge in October 2019.

Shares in Stellantis will start trading in Milan and Paris on Monday and in New York on Tuesday. PSA CEO Carlos Tavares will hold his first press conference as Stellantis CEO on Tuesday, after ringing NYSE's bell with Stellantis Chairman John Elkann, FCA chairman.

Analysts and investors turn their focus to how Tavares plans to address the huge challenges facing the group – from excess production capacity to a woeful performance in China.

FCA and PSA have said Stellantis can cut annual costs by over 5 billion euros ($6.1 billion) without plant closures, and investors will be keen for more details on how it will do this.

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Today Azerbaijan starts vaccination against coronavirus

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Azerbaijan starts vaccination against COVID-19 infection today.

Report informs that vaccination will be voluntary and state-funded.

The country has received 4 million doses of Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine for 2 million people.

The vaccine will be given to a person in two doses. The interval between doses is 21 days.

At the initial stage, only public hospitals will carry out a vaccination process.

The vaccine will be stored in storage facilities under the "cold chain" conditions.

In the first stage in Azerbaijan, people at high risk will be vaccinated. The high-risk populations covered by COVID-19 vaccination are:

Stage 1 – Health workers; Persons over 65 years of age;

Staff involved in anti-epidemic measures by law enforcement agencies;

Stage 2 – Medically high-risk group (those with chronic diseases of the respiratory system, hemodialysis, diabetes, obesity);

– Persons aged 50 years and older who have at least one chronic disease;

-Employees working in the education and social sector, ASAN Service and DOST centers, permanent residents of social enterprises, persons working in the public transport sector, telecommunications operators and providers, and employees, who are in direct contact with the population in the postal and the banking sector; –

People in high-risk jobs (working in areas vital to society – national and regional security, justice, finance, etc.).

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