Call from WHO “Give priority to seafarers and aircraft crews in Kovid-19 vaccine applications”
In a joint written statement made by WHO, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the importance of those working in the maritime and air sector was pointed out.
In the statement, countries were invited to prioritize seafarers and aircraft crews in national Kovid-19 vaccination programs, along with other “core workers”.
Emphasizing that seafarers and aircraft crews should be protected with vaccines as soon as possible in order to facilitate safe movement between countries, governments were called on to complete preparations for administering Kovid-19 vaccines to employees in this business group.
The statement pointed out that there may be a need to provide evidence of the Kovid-19 vaccine as a condition for seafarers and aircraft crews to enter the countries they travel to.
In the statement, which emphasized that the Kovid-19 epidemic triggered devastating consequences for human life and the global economy, “Sea and air transport are two basic activities that form the basis of global trade and mobility and are the key to a sustainable socio-economic recovery.” expression was used.
In the statement, it was underlined that 80 percent of the global trade volume is realized by maritime transport, and the world economy is dependent on 2 million seafarers in the world operating the global merchant ships fleet.