World Travel and Tourism Council says mandatory vaccines are ‘discrimination’

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has slammed a plan by Qantas to make vaccination mandatory when overseas flights return.

“We should never require the vaccination to get a job or to travel,” WTTC chief executive Gloria Guevara said.

“If you require the vaccination before travel, that takes us to discrimination.”

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said in December he believed international travel could only return to normal if all international passengers with Qantas had proof of vaccination.

However, as countries across the world begin their planned vaccination rollouts, experts have poured cold water on hopes they will be a silver bullet solution to the Covid pandemic.

Speaking at the same Reuters panel discussion as Guevara, Dale Fisher, chairman of the World Health Organisation’s Outbreak Alert and Response Network, said “we won’t get back to normal quickly”.

“We know we need to get to herd immunity and we need that in a majority of countries, so we are not going to see that in 2021,” he said.

“There might be some countries that might achieve it but even then that will not create ‘normal’ especially in terms of border controls.”