The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the UK has been praised by international organisations. Gloria Guevara, the chief executive of the World Travel & Tourism Council has highlighted that the programme will support the recovery of the hospitality sector. New government figures have shown that more than ten million citizens in the UK have been administered the first dose of the vaccine, which makes up nearly 15 percent of the adult population.
Vulnerable groups have been vaccinated first
Many of the people vaccinated belong to the most vulnerable groups including those above the age of seventy, healthcare and other frontline workers. Guevara has commended the progress made by the UK in the vaccine rollout process saying: “The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) recognises the tremendous progress made by the UK government to lead the world with its comprehensive vaccine rollout across the country, together with a highly-targeted testing programme, to stop the spread of the virus. We believe these two measures are critical to beating Covid-19 and getting the country back on its feet and on the move again.”
She added: “WTTC has long opposed costly and ineffective blanket travel bans and quarantines, as they are stalling the country’s economic recovery and significantly slowing the revival of the global tourism sector. WTTC believes that the only way to save tourism while protecting public health, is the introduction of an internationally recognised testing scheme on departure and arrival.”