The International Air Transport Association (IATA) renewed its call on governments around the world to ensure employees in the aviation sector be considered as essential workers during the impending COVID-19 vaccine campaign, once health care workers and vulnerable groups have been protected.
“We are not asking for aviation workers to be on top of the list, but we need governments to ensure that transportation workers are considered as essential when vaccine roll-out plans are developed,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
“The transportation of the COVID-19 vaccines has already begun, and as calculations show, it will require the equivalent of 8,000 Boeing 747 freighter aircraft for global distribution. It is therefore essential that we have the qualified workforce in place to ensure a functioning logistics chain.”
IATA’s call is in line with the World Health Organization’s Roadmap for Prioritizing Uses of COVID-19 Vaccines, which recommends priority populations for vaccination based on the respective epidemiologic situation and vaccine supply scenarios. Within this framework, transportation workers are included alongside other essential sectors outside of health and education, such as police.
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Anna is OJ’s newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she’s new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.