Airline CEO says anti-vaxxers won't be allowed to fly internationally

Daniel Fowler
November 24, 2020

Worldwide air travellers will need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to fly with Australia's Qantas, the airline's CEO has said, adding the rule was likely to become "common" across the industry.

The country has even limited the numbers of its own citizens allowed to return each week, leaving tens of thousands of Australians stranded overseas.

"We are looking at changing our terms and conditions to say for global travellers, we will ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft", Joyce said on the show. "We think that's a necessity".

At the time, Mr Morrison said every Australian could receive a free coronavirus vaccination early next year, if a promising trial proves successful.

"We think for worldwide visitors coming out, and people leaving the country, we think that's a necessity".

"I think that's going to be a common thing talking to my colleagues in other airlines around the globe".

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'Unfortunately with the levels of the virus in the United States and in Europe, we're not going to see operations to those destinations in any real strength until we see a vaccine being rolled out, which is likely towards the end of 2021, ' Mr Joyce said.

While some of the anti-vaxxers might simply assume they can fly on other airlines, Joyce believes that this rule will be applied by any carrier, not just Qantas.

"There's a lot of logistics, a lot of technology to make this happen, but the airlines and the government are working on this as we speak".

According to Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham, the prospect of 2021 global holidays is "not impossible".

The statement comes shortly after USA pharmaceutical company Moderna announced that it would charge countries that want to buy its candidate vaccine against COVID-19 between $25 and $37 per dose.

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