An Airbus A380-800 aircraft of Singapore Airlines takes off from Zurich airport, Switzerland. File/Reuters
Singapore Airlines (SIA) began operating flights on Thursday with full sets of crew members vaccinated against COVID-19 as the city-state seeks to rejuvenate its status as an international travel hub.
The airline said pilots and cabin crew on three international flights from Singapore had received both of the required doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
The Singapore government has urged workers at the national airline to sign up for its inoculation program in a bid to make SIA the world’s first carrier with all staff vaccinated against COVID-19.
Singapore Airlines said Thursday’s three flights with a fully vaccinated crew - to Jakarta, Bangkok and Phnom Penh - were among the first in the world.
The carrier said more than 90% of its cabin crew and pilots have signed up for the vaccine. Around 85% of those have received at least the first dose, and many have begun getting the second dose, it added. SIA expects all those who have signed up to receive the second dose by the end of March.
Singapore, a major international trade and travel hub, lacks a domestic travel market and international travel is expected to take until 2024 to rebound to 2019 levels, according to industry estimates.
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways said on Wednesday that its flights were only being operated by pilots and cabin crew who had been vaccinated, which a spokeswoman later said meant had received at least one dose.
Special flight EK2021 will depart Dubai International Airport at 12:00hrs local time on 10 April 2021 and will cruise over various areas across the UAE. The one-off flight will return to Dubai at 14:30hrs local time.
This is with reference to the article “Mobile clinics in Dubai to bolster COVID-19 vaccination drive” (Mar.8, 2021). This is a brilliant initiative by the UAE government. Instead of waiting for people to come for the vaccines, the government, is taking the vaccines to the people. This is the only way to fight COVID-19 and defeat it.
The units will provide 'mobile and rapid solutions for early diagnosis and vaccinations' in different regions of the Emirate of Ajman.
Amira Osman "never deterred from her mission," Dublin-based Front Line Defenders said in its awards announcement, "consistently (advocating) for democracy, human rights, and women's rights."
Joe Garcia, 50, dropped off flowers at his wife’s memorial Thursday morning in Uvalde, Texas, and returned home, where he "pretty much just fell over” and died, his nephew John Martinez told The New York Times. Married for 24 years, the couple had four children.
The Ministry stressed on Friday that its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid have sent cables to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, expressing their condolences and sincere sympathy over the death of the mother of Prince Fahd Bin Dhaar Bin Turki.