Soon, it may be possible for families in the United Kingdom and Australia to travel again. Australia and the United Kingdom could potentially create a travel bubble once the COVID-19 vaccine is available.
Recently, executives from Bloch Aviation Advisory and Bauer Aviation Advisory discussed their opinions about this travel plan.
Linus Benjamin Bauer serves as Bauer Aviation Advisory’s managing director. Meanwhile, Daniel Bloch is an executive from Bloch Aviation Advisory. Both leaders believe that the United Kingdom and Australia may be able to resume normal traveling arrangements once the COVID-19 vaccine is widely available.
On December 2, 2020, Britain’s medicine regulator approved a vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech for immediate use. Before the vaccine was approved, the United Kingdom submitted an order for 40 million doses of the vaccine. Since each person must receive two doses, this means that 20 million British residents can get the vaccine soon. Other than the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine, there will also be vaccines available from AstraZeneca, Moderna and Gamaleya.
In Australia, residents have had an entirely different experience of the pandemic. While the United Kingdom has been one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe, Australia has emerged relatively unscathed. Even in large cities like Sydney and Melbourne, months have passed by without any community transmission of COVID-19. Because of this, Qantas and Virgin have been reinstating local flights throughout the country.
To make traveling easier, some organizations are implementing new health and safety measures. In Australia, Qantas is known as the country’s largest carrier. Once a vaccine is readily available, all passengers will be expected to get vaccinated before they can fly. Currently, Qantas is the only airline to come out in favor of this policy. Because of the major safety implications involved, more airlines are expected to follow suit once the general population is able to get COVID-19 vaccines.