COVID-19: Oxford University vaccine is highly effective

Andrew Cummings
November 24, 2020

Alan Joyce, who previously worked for Aer Lingus, described how his company is looking to amend their current terms and conditions to make it mandatory for anyone wanting to travel to prove they have been inoculated.

"We are looking at changing our terms and conditions to say for worldwide travellers, we will ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft", he said.

'Certainly, for global visitors coming out and people leaving the country we think that's a necessity'.

Mr Joyce believes the vaccination could become compulsory worldwide for global travellers.

Moderna will charge governments between US$25 and US$37 (S$34 and S$50) per dose of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, depending on the amount ordered, chief executive Stephane Bancel told German weekly Welt am Sonntag (WamS).

Joyce also believes Qantas will not be the only airline to bring in this practice.

He added: "I think that's going to be a common thing talking to my colleagues in other airlines around the globe". The interim results of the final stage clinical trials of the Chinese vaccines are still to be released, although Jingzhen said that the results would be available soon and the findings were "better than expected". Prime Minister Scott Morrison said back in August that if a vaccine was available in early 2021, it would be free for Australians. This follows the company's announcement in September that it had already administered its experimental COVID-19 vaccine to hundreds of thousands of people in China.

Immunity against coronavirus can last up to eight months after infection, new Australian research by Monash University has revealed, providing hope for long-term protection by vaccines.

Papua New Guinea recently made ankle bracelets mandatory for global workers arriving into the country on designated charter flights, which must be worn while they're in two weeks quarantine.

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