The measure will take effect as soon as the first drug for the prevention of coronaviruses is launched.
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Although the vaccine against COVID-19 is still in development, many are already setting scenarios for its arrival. Australian airline Qantas will require its passengers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus before you travel on your international flights.
“The obligation to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to travel with Qantas comes into force as soon as a vaccine is available to the population“Said Alan Joyce, company president.
Qantas would be the first airline to introduce the vaccine as a requirement and they plan to use it on local routes as well. The company spokesman initially claimed this It is essential “for international travelers coming to Australia and for people leaving the countryWe think that’s a necessity. “
Joyce predicts the measure will be extended to all aviation as he assures that governments and airlines are looking into the possibility of a facility electronic vaccination bulletins.
#BREAKING: QANTAS CEO confirms that proof that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 is mandatory for international air travel on board his aircraft. # 9ACA pic.twitter.com/dhk3Hsnxn9
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The aviation sector was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic this 2020. Australia closed its borders since March last year, but domestic and return flights continue to operate. With more than 200 aircraft on the ground, Qantas suffered a severe crisis in which 8,500 jobs were lost.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said so last August The vaccine will be “as mandatory as possible to make it”..
The Australian government plans to deliver 130 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines from March 2020. To achieve this, they have agreements with BioNtech-Pfizer, Oxford-Astrazeneca, Novavax and the vaccine developed by the University of Queensland.
So far, Australia has added 27,854 cases of Covid-19 and 907 deaths since the pandemic began.