Airlines are considering vaccine mandates for passengers. Action Alert!
“COVID vaccination records, please.” You just may start to hear these words at airports. Quantas Airways, Australia’s largest airline, has said they will likely require passengers to get vaccinated before they can travel. The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the trade association for the world’s airlines, is developing a travel pass that displays users’ COVID test results and vaccination status. These developments are all the more concerning as the FDA comes under pressure to approve a vaccine for which the public has not received full transparency. We’re potentially facing a situation where private airlines require a vaccine whose benefits and risks we are unable to assess—we cannot accept it.
Many airlines may follow Quantas’ lead. South Korea’s largest airline, Korean Air, has sent a similar message about requiring a COVID vaccine for air travel. A few months ago, the CEO of Delta Air Lines said on a call with investors that he would “make whatever changes to the business model that will be necessary,” including adopting so-called immunity passports if required by the U.S. government. It’s not a surprising stance to take: the airline industry has lost $84 billion in 2020.
There is a certain logic to the IATA’s “travel pass.” To re-open their borders, many countries have instituted different testing and quarantine requirements. IATA’s platform includes a global registry of government health requirements for travelers; a registry of testing and vaccination centers; and a contactless travel app that lets users store their test and vaccination certificates, sharing them as required with airlines and government officials. While testing is becoming an increasing part of air travel, vaccination status may supplant testing as the litmus for travel.
There are still unknowns. Will the majority of airlines require a COVID vaccine for air travel once one is approved? Will a negative COVID test be sufficient? Will national government require COVID vaccines for travelers entering their country? IATA’s travel pass also raises safety concerns: a global database of our COVID-related health data accessible by thousands of different entities. What could go wrong?
All of this is in the context of an unprecedented rush toward a COVID vaccine—a vaccine that has been developed in less than a year when the average time for vaccine development has been many times more than that. And vaccines that have been developed over years have safety concerns that are not appreciated by the medical establishment. Consider new research that found unvaccinated children are healthier than vaccinated children. Other studies support this conclusion. And we haven’t been given anything near full transparency about COVID vaccines.
Today it’s the air travel industry contemplating vaccine mandates, but what next? Will movie theaters require proof of COVID vaccination? Bars and restaurants? Concert venues?
We should not even think about receiving a COVID vaccine, nor should the FDA grant an Emergency Use Authorization to a COVID vaccine, until these companies have all of their data independently analyzed. Only then can we know the true risk/benefit of these vaccines and be able to make informed choices, for ourselves and our families.
Action Alert! Write to Congress and the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee and tell them we need full transparency on any COVID vaccine approval. Please send your message immediately. By sending this message, you will also be supporting our petition to ungag doctors so that they can share with patients the benefits of supplements and natural treatments for COVID.