The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has again urged governments to view aviation workers as essential workers and be prioritized as part of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign as it begins.
According to IATA, however, the vaccination of aviation workers should only occur after healthcare workers and vulnerable groups have been protected.
"We are not asking that aviation workers be at the top of the list, but that governments ensure that transport workers are considered essential when plans for the roll-out of vaccination are finalized," said Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO of IATA.
de Juniac says the Association's appeal is in line with the roadmap proposed by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) of the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to SAGE, transport workers are among essential sectors other than health and education, as are the police, for example.
In this regard, IATA recalls that air transport will play a vital role in ensuring the prompt distribution of medicines, tests, protective equipment and possibly vaccines all over the world.
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