WTTC unvaccinated travellers should not be discriminated against

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Gloria Guevara, president and executive director of WTTC, made statements yesterday on the evolution of vaccination in important source markets and called not to discriminate against those who have not yet been vaccinated.

The official said: “WTTC unconditionally supports PCR tests to ensure that passengers can demonstrate that they are free of COVID-19 and thus prevent the spread.”

“It will take a significant amount of time to vaccinate the world’s population, particularly those in less advanced countries, or in different age groups, therefore we must not discriminate against those who wish to travel but have not been vaccinated.

“Until now, only a small percentage of people worldwide have received the vaccine, while a large number have not received it, but could be tested, show a negative result and travel safely.

“The common sense approach is to allow the free movement of people who can prove a negative test result, rather than booking travel or jobs for a small minority who have been vaccinated.

“In addition, the most vulnerable groups should be prioritized, a blanket vaccination requirement would simply discriminate against non-vulnerable groups, such as Generation X, Z and Millennials, who should be allowed to travel with a negative test test.”

“The WTTC has long been calling for an internationally recognized rapid and cost-effective testing regimen at entry points around the world. This would prevent the export of the virus and help to restore international travel”.