As countries, worldwide, enter a second and third wave of positive COVID-19 infection rates, there has been some promising news on the vaccine front. Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca, have announced their vaccine trials have shown at least a 90 percent effective rate.
With the latest results from the vaccine trial runs, the leader of Qantas, Australia’s largest airline, announced the airline would require passengers to prove they are vaccinated against COVID-19 to board flights.
“We will ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft… for international visitors coming out and people leaving the country we think that’s a necessity,” said Alan Joyce, Qantas’ CEO.
Australia has implemented some of the toughest restrictions for entering and exiting the country.
The country’s borders are currently closed to international visitors except for citizens, residents, immediate family members, and travelers who traveled to New Zealand. Its tight restrictions are how they have managed to keep their cases lower compared to the United States.
Australia has a population of 28 million people and has reported 27,848 cases and 907 deaths.
Even with possible requirement, Joyce said there will be some exceptions.
“There are always exemptions for any vaccine on medical grounds, but that should be the only basis,” he told radio station 3AW.
He added that he thinks other airlines will join in.
“I think that’s going to be a common thing talking to my colleagues in other airlines around the globe,” said Alan Joyce, Qantas’ CEO.