Articles by Assel Satubaldina

Human Trials for Kazakh COVID-19 Vaccine to Start in September

NUR-SULTAN – As the hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine continues worldwide, the Kazakh Research Institute for Biological Safety Problems has announced a start date for human trials on the COVID-19 vaccine developed by institute researchers for September. Forty-four volunteers will be recruited for the study.  Preclinical trials will be completed Aug. 20 and the results…

Kazakh Folk Music Project Wins British Council’s Big Idea Challenge

NUR-SULTAN – The “More Than Music” project became a country champion in the British Council’s global Creative Spark Big Idea Challenge. Martebe Abidilda, the author of “More than Music,” seeks to familiarise her fellow citizens with Kazakh folk music. The project was proposed by Almaty-based Kurmangazy National Conservatory and the Kazakh British Technical University in…

Kazakhstan Passed COVID-19 Peak, Says Kazakh Healthcare Minister 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has passed the peak of COVID-19 infection, said Kazakh Healthcare Minister Alexey Tsoy at an Aug. 3 press briefing.  “We can say for a fact that the coronavirus situation in Kazakhstan has stabilized. You can probably see it yourself. The peak has passed and our goal is to safeguard what we have…

Kazakhstan Ready to Use Pandemic as Opportunity to Develop Local Tourism 

NUR-SULTAN – The global tourism industry has suffered significantly since the COVID-19 outbreak and according to the latest data from the World Tourism Organization, international tourism numbers have collapsed by 98 percent compared to 2019. Kazakhstan has been no exception, but the pandemic could also be an opportunity to develop local destinations, said Kazakh Tourism…

Kazakh Association for Biodiversity Conservation Launches Project to Protect Goitered Gazelles

NUR-SULTAN – The Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK) launched the SOS Goitered Gazelle project to preserve endangered goitered gazelles in the country’s south.  Goitered gazelles are the only type of gazelles living in Kazakhstan, primarily in the country’s desert regions. The population of goitered gazelles has decreased by nearly 90 percent over…

Kazakh Government, National Bank Adopt Joint Plan to Mitigate COVID-19 Fallout

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh government and the National Bank have adopted a new plan that includes measures to support the economy in case the social and economic situation continues to worsen, said Kazakh Minister of National Economy Ruslan Dalenov at a July 29 press briefing. The plan goes in line with instructions from Kazakh President…

Kazakhstan Extends Quarantine Through Mid-August

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has decided to extend its coronavirus quarantine through mid-August and only consider easing the restrictions afterward, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev July 29, reported Akorda press service.  The decision, which was announced during a meeting with Prime Minister Askar Mamin and Healthcare Minister Alexey Tsoy that focused on the epidemiological situation, is…

Kazakh Director Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s Film Qualifies For Venice International Film Festival in September

NUR-SULTAN – Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s “Yellow Cat” will compete at the 77th Venice International Film Festival, reported Kazakh Film Studio press service. The festival, which will kick off Sept. 2 and last through Sept. 12, will be the first major international film festival to not be held virtually after the COVID-19 outbreak – although with some…

Kazakhstan to Gradually Lift Lockdown Restrictions 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Healthcare Minister Alexey Tsoy spoke about how Kazakhstan plans to lift lockdown restrictions from Aug. 3 during a July 28 government meeting, reported Kazakh Prime Minister’s press service.  Kazakhstan has been in a one-month lockdown since July 5, which it had to enforce following the surge in the number of coronavirus cases…

Kazakhstan to List Caspian Seal in Red Book of Endangered Species 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan plans to include the Caspian seal in its Red Book of Endangered Species, reported the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources. The decision was made during the meeting of an interdepartmental zoological commission on fisheries and the Institute of Hydrobiology and Ecology and the Central Asian…