I am happy to hear that the Ministry of Health is mandating vaccination against COVID-19 for all Uzbek citizens age 18 and above. The announcement came out last night. We are going see how we can help our employees receive the vaccines safely. I think that the Special Commission to Combat COVID-19 is acting strongly because of the current spike in cases in Tashkent. Below is the latest data of cases from the WHO Uzbekistan office.
It is fortunate that the risk of death and hospitalization from COVID-19 for K-12 students is “incredibly rare” according to a study in the UK. From March 2020 to February 2021, a death rate is around 2 for every million people under 18 from complications from COVID-19. “None had asthma or type-1 diabetes and half had conditions that put them at higher risk than health children from dying of any cause.” Doctors running the study advised schools to promote immunization and mask use, despite students’ resilience to COVID.
The co-founder and CEO of BioNTech Ugur Sahin insisted booster shots are going to be necessary to get the pandemic under control during the 2021 STAT Breakthrough Science Summit. Pfizer also indicated that they are applying their mRNA technology to developing flu vaccines.