Vaccines Bring Hope, But New Challenges Arise

Two words describe the current situation as the world battles to eradicate the Covid-19 pandemic: hope and uncertainty. The good news is that there are now multiple vaccines paving the path to an eventual recovery of social and economic activity lost to the pandemic since 2020. However, it will not be an easy path due to tremendous challenges ranging from supply chain and distribution difficulties to ethical and policy-related concerns. Just recently, several European countries, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain, temporarily suspended the usage of a particular vaccine in response to safety concerns.

How Will The Vaccines Affect Travel?

The debate over vaccine mandates and digital “immunity passports” is a red-hot issue in the travel industry. A lack of travel eligibility would leave millions of not-at-risk travelers behind. Conducting identity checks to verify “immune” people may lead to all sorts of discrimination, fraud, ethical and privacy threats as well as a bad travel experience. In short: Without order supported by global standards, clear guidelines and communication, there will be no “going back to normal” anytime soon — vaccine or no vaccine. Moving forward, travel organizations will need to:

How Will The Vaccines Affect The Workplace?

Despite the high expectations that vaccines and vaccine passports bring, employers must be cautious as they plan and execute their pandemic management plans. We advise them to make moderate — not radical — changes to their pandemic protocols at this time. They must still contend with many unanswered questions related to vaccine effectiveness, its deployment timeline, and the impact of geographical variations. As they contemplate leveraging vaccine passports for the pandemic response, employers must deal with an array of unique privacy and ethical concerns, legal and compliance considerations, and other operational risks. Specifically, organizations need to:


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This post was written by Principal Analyst Tom Mouhsian and Senior Analyst Enza Iannopollo, and it originally appeared here.

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